Loneliness, a subjective, unwelcome feeling of lack of companionship is something we all may experience at some point in our lives. For many, it's a feeling that only lasts a moment, appearing in certain situations. Others, however, may feel lonely all or most of the time. Whilst everyone can feel lonely, young people are actually the loneliest age group in England. According to the latest report from the Office of National Statistics, younger adults aged 16 to 24 years reported feeling lonely "often/always" - that's one in 20 adults.
It's common to mistake being alone as feeling lonely. But choosing to be alone is a positive thing. It's a conscious decision that can be restorative, re-energising and calming. The feeling of loneliness isn't a choice. It comes from a feeling of being disconnected from others.
Long-term loneliness can lead to a number of mental health problems, and increase the risk of developing certain health conditions. Experiencing a mental health problem isn't easy - and it's even harder going through it alone. If you are lonely or feel like you have nobody to talk to, a therapist can help.