Lonely in Lockdown: Has coronavirus made you lonely?

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Closes 17 Feb 2021

Lonely in Lockdown

In October 2019, we launched Southwark’s very first ‘Let’s talk Loneliness’ conversation on loneliness and social isolation in our borough. We used what you told us to write the draft Loneliness Strategy, with input from Southwark Council, NHS partners and local charities.

A copy of the draft strategy can be found at this link: http://moderngov.southwark.gov.uk/documents/s88179/Appendix%201%20loneliness%20strategy.pdf; however, we recognise that a lot has changed since then.

We want to hear about the challenges you have  faced in recent months, as well as any new things that you have tried to help you stay connected to others.

If you are feeling lonely there’s support available

if you are feeling lonely there’s support available

Mind provides tips on how to cope during this time, and recommends that we all:

  • make plans to video chat with people or groups we’d normally see in person
  • arrange phone calls or send instant messages or texts
  • if you’re worried that you might run out of things to talk about, make a plan with someone to   watch a show or read a book separately so that you can discuss it when you contact each other
  • think about things you can do to connect with people. For example, putting extra pictures up of the people you care about might be a nice reminder of the people in your life listen to a chatty radio station or podcast if your home feels too quiet

If you need a friendly chat, you can also call the Samaritans on 116 123. They are available 24/7, 365 days per year.