Loneliness hasn’t been talked about much in the adjustments we’ve been asked to make to COVID-19, even though research shows it is a recurring factor in maintaining good mental health.

There are realistic concerns currently that increased isolation will lead to higher levels of loneliness. Groups perceived to be most at risk include: the elderly; single (and separated) people, especially men; those living alone; and people who have lost jobs and/or are under financial distress.

Being acknowledges that people living with mental health issues may be more isolated than usual and could be feeling heightened states of loneliness during these unusual times. Feelings of sadness, grief, loss and even distress can be normal emotions to abnormal situations. We must also acknowledge that for many, more time alone can be a positive and enjoyable experience.

Being also acknowledges that connection is not always the answer and that sometimes unhelpful connection can increase loneliness.

We have commenced a survey on loneliness & connection (which we want consumers to please complete) and we also held a consumer video meeting on these timely and important topics on Thursday, May 7 and will hold a second Zoom meeting on the same topic on Thursday, May 21. We will update you on our next steps in relation to this work in our Mad Monday Memo and on our Facebook page.

To do our survey on Loneliness & Connection, click on the link in this text.

To register for our Zoom meeting on Loneliness & Connection, please send an email to: info@being.org.au

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