No one should feel lonely but unfortunately, loneliness and social isolation affects over 1.4 million people every day.
There are many organisations across England and Wales that can support those who are feeling lonely or socially isolated, however, sometimes the most simple and effective way of getting back into the community is through the support of family and friends. Here are four top tips on how you can tackle social isolation, and help others get back out and about…
1. Invite someone for tea
It sounds so simple, but many people can go for days, if not weeks, without having a conversation with another person. Inviting someone for tea or coffee is small gesture that can make a big difference to a person’s wellbeing.
2. Ask someone how they’re feeling
If we know someone is feeling low or depressed, sometimes we avoid asking them how they are for fear of upsetting them. Don’t be afraid! By asking someone how they feel, you’re providing them with an opportunity to open up. This may help them to understand why they feel lonely, and work out some next steps to combat their isolation.
3. Give someone a call
Do you have an hour each week? Give someone who you think may be feeling lonely a call. Whether you just catch up about your day or ask them how they’re feeling, making an effort to get in touch can help people feel less alone.
4. Put them in touch with the MCF
We offer a variety of support to people who are feeling lonely or socially isolated. Our counselling careline is a free and confidential service that can support members of the masonic community through a difficult time. Alternatively, our enquiries team can signpost people to the best local and national services that aim to help people who may be feeling lonely.