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Tips to support young people with the loneliness of Lockdown or Shielding

22 October 2020

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Tips to support young people with the loneliness of Lockdown or Shielding

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in drastic measures, including school closures, social distancing and home quarantine.

Although social isolation isn’t the same as loneliness, we know from research that there’s a well-established link between loneliness and potential mental health problems.

This is reflected in several recent studies which are starting to highlight how social isolation increases the risk of low mood and possible anxiety both during and after enforced isolation for many young people. This finding is perhaps not surprising given the impact for many teenagers of not seeing friends, not accessing support from educational professionals and the feelings of frustration and loss resulting from abrupt endings, cancelled GCSEs and A levels and uncertainties related to their futures.

So, what can we do to promote mental wellbeing during such an emotionally challenging time? Well, there are some well-established practical tools and strategies that may be helpful. These include the following:

22 October 2020