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Loneliness plagues the younger generation far more than elderly people, here's my real life story of isolation

This is how I am overcoming my isolation.

17 Jun 2019

A study published earlier this year by Young Women’s Trust revealed that one in four 18 to 30-year-olds reported feeling isolated compared to one in 10 older people.

The fact that most people believe loneliness is something only experienced by the older generation is a common misconception, according to UK-based charity, The Marmalade Trust, who works to tackle the issue across the UK. They have found that loneliness is a “common emotion that affects all ages and walks of life.” Here, Kali, a sociable third year student living in Nottingham, explains how it’s affecting her.

“I’ve always had friends, a loving family and I do well in social environments but for so long I’ve struggled to decide what this feeling is. This numb ache that seems to have no cure. I wonder how I got here, I want community, I want family, I want love.”

Rather than speaking about her feelings, Kali initially retreated into herself and stayed at home, avoiding social situations. She believed that others mistook her seclusion as her being independent and she was worried about the stigma attached to isolation - no one ever talks about it.

“I find it quite ironic how most of us go through loneliness but decide not to confide in each other. It’s more than a feeling but a strange unhealthy habit to be broken.”

After some time, Kali decided to go public with her feelings and film a video of herself talking about it, eventually reaching out to the charity so her experiences could be shared with others.

“I hope through sharing my experience, someone else like me can see that they are not alone in their circumstances.”

Loneliness Awareness Week runs from 17th June to 21st June 2019, aiming to reduce the stigma of loneliness with the #LetsTalkLoneliness campaign. Find out how to get involved here.