Who can you turn to for support?
A key way to tackle loneliness is through meaningful connections with others. Watch the video and follow the activities described to reflect on ways to manage your relationships with others, explore ways to feel less lonely and help others with their loneliness.
What are “connections”?
Think about the word ‘connections’, what does it mean to you? Now think about what makes a connection “meaningful” to you?
We can use this word to talk about people and how we know and talk to them. Think about how connections can affect your wellbeing.
Write down 5 ways connecting with others can help support your wellbeing and 5 things you need to remember when connecting with others to protect your wellbeing. Why is it important to consider your and other’s wellbeing?
Web of connections
Follow the instructions in the video. Now you have identified the people you have that you can reach out to, can you reach out to them if you are feeling lonely? In what ways can you reach out to them? How can they reach out to you?
We all feel lonely sometimes, but why we feel lonely, how often and how we show it changes. Why is it important to remember how other people feel and experience things? Think about the people in your web of connections. Does spending lots of time around or talking to people tire them out or give them energy?
Our connections are not always available when we need them. How can support ourselves when that happens? One idea is to write a letter, email, postcode or record a video or voice note to your friend or family member who is busy or far away. Think about all the things you want to say to them. You can show them the letter when you next speak to them or send them the video or voice note when they are available again.
Look back at your web of connections and think about their needs. How do you know when they feel lonely, and what can you do to support them? Add notes to the web to help you reflect and remember.
This resource was made with support from the British Red Cross pyschosocial team.