Alarming figures highlight loneliness in the South East

New figures show that more than half of adults in the South East feel isolated or lonely. 

Worrying figures recently released by the British Red Cross reveal just how lonely people in the South East actually are.

According to the new research, nearly half of lonely adults in the South East fear that something could happen to them and no-one would notice.

The charity polled over 4,000 UK adults and found that more than half (51%) of people in the South East – feel always, often or sometimes lonely. The findings of the research suggest a lack of meaningful social connections could be contributing to people’s feelings of loneliness and isolation.

It was also seen that 44% of people didn’t have any kind of coping strategy to help deal with their isolation.

In winter, the cold and dark days can leave people, especially older people feeling alone and therefore the British Red Cross’ services go towards helping people to stay connected to the outside world and receive the help that they need.

Many people have been participating in the Bisto’s ‘Spare A Chair’ movement, which has seen older people all over the country being invited to family homes for a Sunday roast, helping to combat loneliness with weekly conversations over a hot meal.

Alternatively, visit the BRC website, here, to see how you could help.

“Every one of us would want someone to reach out to us if we found ourselves all alone.”

Tricia Earp, Director of Independent Living for the South-East at British Red Cross is urging people to offer their help and support in their local communities.

She said: “Loneliness and social isolation doesn’t discriminate.  Life circumstances can change in the blink of an eye, meaning it can happen to anyone, no matter your age or background.

“We all need someone to turn to in a crisis, but the findings of our research suggest that there are many people in our communities feeling they lack meaningful, human connections.  This will be concerning for all of us to hear, no matter where we live in the UK, or with whom.

“Every one of us would want someone to reach out to us if we found ourselves all alone. People who need our help may be closer than we think, and could feel much more connected if we offer them our kindness.

 

If you would like to donate towards the wonderful work of the British Red Cross, text KINDNESS to 70141 and donate £5 to help make sure support is there for those who need it most. The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, no matter whoever and wherever they are and they are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

Watch this video by the BRC to see how you could help with #tacklingloneliness! 

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Brittany Tijou-Smith

Brittany is a third year Multimedia Journalism student, her work has been featured on KentLive and KentOnline. Her filming work also won ‘Documentary of the Year 2018’ at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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