14-18 June is Loneliness Awareness Week in the UK.
Loneliness can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. We can all feel lonely at times, it is a natural human emotion. There is no shame in feeling lonely.
After a year of restrictions and social distancing more of us have experienced loneliness. You do not need to be on your own to feel lonely, some people are happy on their own whilst others feel lonely in relationships or with family and friends.
If loneliness continues it can impact on your health and wellbeing. If this is the case reach out for some support. The social prescribing service is available at GP practices.
Through the social prescribing service you will be allocated a link worker who will be able to support you to explore services and activities that can reduce loneliness and increase health and wellbeing.
Contact your GP practice today and ask for a referral to the social prescribing service.