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Feeling lonely

Most of us feel lonely some of the time but there are lots things you can do if you feel that loneliness is affecting your wellbeing and life.

What to do if you're feeling lonely

Covid-19 has made it harder to be with others and for some people has increased feelings of isolation. Lots of us are missing the everyday connections that we had with friends, family and colleagues. It’s natural to feel lonely and there are things you can try to do to feel less alone.

It’s important to be honest about how you’re feeling with those that you trust.  Of you may find it easier to talk to someone you don’t know. Samaritans are there to listen 24/7 on 116 123 or if you prefer to message, you can text Shout to 85258.

Even if you can’t see the people you care about face to face, there are other ways you can keep connected. You could arrange a video call, set up an online film or book club, play an online game or watch a virtual event together.

You could also reach out to someone you’ve not spoken to for a while, most of us enjoy hearing from someone we’ve lost touch with. Or you could set up a group chat if you find it easier to talk as part of a group.

Some people find volunteering to help others a great way to boost wellbeing and connect with people in their community. Others have found that learning something new or pursuing a new hobby has helped them keep busy and meet new people.

The websites below have lots of tips and ideas for things you can do to feel less lonely.

Just remember, different people find different ideas useful at different times so don’t put pressure on yourself if you find that one of the suggestions doesn’t help right now.


Call the Samaritans on 116 123, they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


If you prefer to talk to someone over text message, Shout offer confidential support 24/7.

Text GMBury to 85258
Text GMBolton to 85258
Text GMManchester to 85258
Text GMOldham to 85258
Text GMRochdale to 85258
Text GMSalford to 85258
Text GMStockport to 85258
Text GMTandG to 85258 (for Tameside)
Text GMTrafford to 85258
Text GMWigan to 85258


HOPELINEUK is a helpline for young people up to the age of 35 or those concerned for someone. It is open 9am-10pm weekdays and 2-10pm on weekends and bank holidays.


A confidential, free helpline for older people that is open 24/7 providing information, advice and friendship.

LGBT Foundation

Support, advice and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities across Greater Manchester. It also runs Rainbow Brew Buddies, a befriending service for LGBTQ+ people.

Let's Talk Loneliness

Tips and support to help people keep connected, including a calendar to help people keep connected this winter.

British Red Cross

How to make connections, build coping skills and get support when you're feeling lonely.


Co-Op Foundation's UK-wide programme to help young people beat loneliness through co-operative action.

NHS Every Mind Matters

Things you can do if you feel lonely during the coronavirus outbreak.


Tips and suggestions for managing feelings of loneliness.


Advice and where to get support for people struggling with feeling lonely.

Age UK

Wide range of services for older people including telephone friendship and befriending service.

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