Loneliness

Loneliness
Mon Oct 15, 2018 20:58 PM
Not sure if anyone was listening to Radio 2 today, but Tracey Crouch MP was talking about the government's new strategy for loneliness which was launched today. The Jo Cox report mentioned carers as being a group of people particularly susceptible to loneliness. We hope that this forum will help some people feel more connected. What other things do you think could be put in place to tackle this?

Here is the link to the strategy document if anyone is interested in finding out more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-governments-first-loneliness-strategy
Re: Loneliness
Fri Oct 26, 2018 09:47 AM

CarersFIRST originally posted: Not sure if anyone was listening to Radio 2 today, but Tracey Crouch MP was talking about the government's new strategy for loneliness which was launched today. The Jo Cox report mentioned carers as being a group of people particularly susceptible to loneliness. We hope that this forum will help some people feel more connected. What other things do you think could be put in place to tackle this?

Here is the link to the strategy document if anyone is interested in finding out more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-governments-first-loneliness-strategy

Re: Loneliness
Wed Jan 16, 2019 20:23 PM
I I'm a new member and I have been spured on by the issues of loneliness.
I have cared for my wife Annie for the past 5 years and loneliness has been ever present during the long days of a carers life.
Annie suffered a brain hemorrhage in January 2014. She's now fully dependent a upon me for feeding personal care advocacy and stimulus. She is wheelchair and hoist dependent.
The hooky thorns of loneliness have torn my life into shreds and it's partners in crime, jealousy, animosity and exclusion bolster depression, anxiety and guilt. My children have told me that I need to find release however guilt walks hand in hand with the partners of loneliness.
Loneliness is paramount in issues of mental health well-being and suicide. Committed carers should not only be recognised for saving the NHS millions but also for their resilience, selflessness and commitment. I place this post here in a hope that it will spur other like minded and lonely carers to support each other and share their experiences. X
Re: Loneliness
Tue Jan 22, 2019 16:41 PM

Dune57 originally posted: I I'm a new member and I have been spured on by the issues of loneliness.
I have cared for my wife Annie for the past 5 years and loneliness has been ever present during the long days of a carers life.
Annie suffered a brain hemorrhage in January 2014. She's now fully dependent a upon me for feeding personal care advocacy and stimulus. She is wheelchair and hoist dependent.
The hooky thorns of loneliness have torn my life into shreds and it's partners in crime, jealousy, animosity and exclusion bolster depression, anxiety and guilt. My children have told me that I need to find release however guilt walks hand in hand with the partners of loneliness.
Loneliness is paramount in issues of mental health well-being and suicide. Committed carers should not only be recognised for saving the NHS millions but also for their resilience, selflessness and commitment. I place this post here in a hope that it will spur other like minded and lonely carers to support each other and share their experiences. X


Hi Dune
Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sure that it's one that lots of us can relate to.
It's so important to look after your own mental health and your children are right to encourage you to do things to try to combat your feelings of loneliness - but I know it's often easier said than done. Do you ever have an opportunity to go out and meet other people? Have you got, or did you have any hobbies or interests that would get you out of the house? Are there any other online groups that you could join? Would it be possible to find someone to sit with Annie just for long enough to give you a regular break?
I hope that you can find some support here.