Safeguarding: Loneliness Awareness Week

Following this week’s announcement from our Prime Minister that so-called Freedom Day has been postponed, it seems appropriate to talk this week about #LonelinessAwarenessWeek (14th – 18th June) – a campaign that aims to get people talking about loneliness.

The week is hosted by the Marmalade Trust. “We all feel lonely at times – it’s a natural human emotion. We’re biologically wired for social contact, and loneliness is our signal that we need more. After a year of lockdowns, social distancing, and restrictions, more of us are experiencing loneliness than ever, which is having a great impact on our wellbeing. We need to remove the stigma and shame surrounding loneliness. And the best way to do that? Let’s talk about it! Let’s make this the year we accept that loneliness exists.”

The Freedom Day getting ever closer will have been something that many of us were looking forward to, although it is important to recognise that that wasn’t how everyone was feeling.

If you are experiencing loneliness, please try to talk to someone about how you are feeling. Equally, you may find that this Radio 2 programme useful to listen to:

Dr Rangan Chatterjee fuses inspirational conversations alongside a relaxed musical soundtrack, to help you feel better. In this episode, Dr Rangan marks Loneliness Awareness Week with a moving conversation with Revd Richard Coles. The BBC presenter and former pop star reflects on how the loss of his partner has impacted his life, and the steps he takes to alleviate any loneliness he feels in the aftermath.