21-08-2018 04:27 PM
For this Topic Tuesday, SANE Help Centre Manager @suzanne, will be facilitating a discussion that looks at loneliness, how it feels, your thoughts and experiences. This is a topic that comes up a lot for members and with the help of the forum we can find connection, but what other strategies can be put in place? Let’s share and brainstorm together in this Topic Tuesday.
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18-09-2018 06:58 PM
18-09-2018 07:01 PM - edited 18-09-2018 07:24 PM
Good evening everyone. Welcome to tonight’s Topic Tuesday where we’re going to be discussing loneliness.
Loneliness is defined as a feeling of disconnection. It’s not necessarily about being alone, although that can be part of it. It’s about not feeling seen, heard or valued by the people around you. That could be your family, neighbours, work colleagues or community.
That's something that most people feel at some point. But when it becomes chronic, or constant, loneliness can have serious consequences for our health. And it's becoming an increasing problem.
It’s estimated that we are twice as lonely now than we were in 1980. So where 20% of us felt lonely on a regular basis back then, it’s now 40%. And more than 80% of us believe that the situation is worsening.
So tonight we’re going to talk about our own experiences of loneliness and the ways we cope and try to address it. It's a complex problem without easy solutions but let's see where we can get to.
I'd like to welcome @Pinky, @Larns @Sharman @Liss23 @Shaz51 @Jonty8 @Deepsea @Zaphod @MichelleHsu @BabyDragon @CheerBear @Teej @TAB @Octopoddie @Ali3 @Former-Member @frog @Abeu @Adge @Former-Member @Sans911 @Chezaray @Snowie @BlueBay @Zoe7 to the discussion.
To start off, how does that definition of loneliness sit with you? Is that how you experience it?
18-09-2018 07:02 PM
18-09-2018 07:02 PM - edited 18-09-2018 07:03 PM
That would have been a bit ironic @Liss23 if you'd been the only one here! Welcome to the discussion
18-09-2018 07:03 PM
18-09-2018 07:04 PM
18-09-2018 07:05 PM
HI @Sharman, glad you joined us tonight.
18-09-2018 07:05 PM
Glad you think so @greenpea. Is it one that resonates with you?
18-09-2018 07:07 PM
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