I am feeling very lonely

Loneliness can have a profound impact on one’s health.

The human need for social connection is deeply ingrained, and when it is unfulfilled, it can lead to a range of physical and mental health problems.

Prolonged loneliness has been linked to increased stress levels, a weakened immune system, making individuals more susceptible to illnesses. Additionally, it can contribute to the development of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, which can further exacerbate physical health issues.

Loneliness also often leads to unhealthy behaviours such as poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity, which can contribute to chronic health conditions like obesity and cardiovascular disease. In essence, loneliness isn’t just a feeling of sadness; it’s a powerful factor that can significantly impact one’s overall well-being.

The following organisations may be able to assist you:

Age UK

AgeUK offers local support services, workshops, and resources to combat loneliness, specifically in East Dorset. Services provide opportunities for social interaction, fostering new friendships and co…

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Armed Forces Community Health

The Armed Forces Community Health and Wellbeing Team (AFCT) offers support for members of the armed forces community in Dorset, including veterans and family members, in areas like health, welfare, ho…

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British Red Cross

The British Red Cross offers support services, workshops, and resources to help individuals deal with loneliness, available via their free confidential hotline. Their strategies include self-reflectio…

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Dorset Mind

Dorset Mind offers support to people struggling with mental health in Dorset. Services include counselling, mentoring, and group support for adults over 18, including specific groups for LGBTQIA+ and …

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Drug and Alcohol Addition

The three main hubs are located in Gillingham, Wimborne and Weymouth and offer recovery support, needle exchanges and prescription support. The hubs provide a centre where Reach registered clients can…

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Give us a shout

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential 24/7 text support service for anyone in the UK feeling low, anxious, or struggling to cope. By texting 'SHOUT' to 85258, individuals can start a conversation with t…

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In Jolly Good Company

This content pertains to an organisation that aims to help people regain confidence and live fulfilling lives by engaging in indoor/outdoor activities, connecting with others, and experiencing achieve…

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LiveWell Dorset

LiveWell Dorset offers free health and wellbeing support to Dorset residents, encompassing advice, coaching and programmes to manage weight, increase physical activity, quit smoking and reduce alcohol…

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Lonely Not Alone

A campaign addressing youth loneliness, co-designed with young people, has been operating since 2019. Its goal is to break the stigma around loneliness, improve mental wellbeing, and fulfill Coop's vi…

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NHS Every Mind Matters

This comprehensive website, maintained by the NHS, serves as a gateway to extensive free self-help resources encompassing wellbeing tips, mental health awareness, life challenges, and urgent help. Acc…

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No Panic

No Panic is a registered charity assisting individuals with Panic Attacks, Phobias, OCD, and other anxiety disorders. They also provide support to carers of such individuals. Their recovery-centric ap…

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Reading Friends

Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun.Find your support>>I am feeling very lonely

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ReEngage

Re-engage is a valuable service dedicated to combating loneliness and isolation among the elderly (75 and older) by offering social connections and volunteer-led activities. They run monthly tea party…

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Rethink Mental Health

Rethink Mental Illness is a UK-wide organisation that enhance the lives of those severely affected by mental illness. They provide carer support, advocacy, advice and helplines, aiming to improve the …

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Seed to Plate

Seed2Plate is a community organisation in the PCN area that aids individuals by offering volunteer opportunities in horticulture. They help enhance skills, provide opportunities to cultivate and distr…

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Seetec Plus

Seetec Pluss is a provider of work and health programmes, empowering individuals who face employment-related challenges. They offer assistance in work entry, progression, and addressing workplace ment…

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Steps to Wellbeing

Introduction Dorset’s Steps to Wellbeing, is a comprehensive well-being program designed to support individuals onFind your support>>I am feeling very lonely

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The Chitter Chatter Club

The club’s aim for loneliness is to make a huge impact on the world one by one. Every morning I wake and see that someone has signed up for the newsletter and wants to begin connecting with us. They b…

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The Parks Foundation

They are a small but perfectly formed independent charity devoted to enhancing Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s parks and green spaces for everyone to enjoy. Parks breathe life into our towns, pr…

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The Silverline

The Silver Line Helpline, available over phone or online, offers friendship, conversation, and support to anyone over 55, operating round-the-clock. Initiated by Dame Esther Rantzen, the service provi…

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Verwood Friendship Club

This is a social Club for the elderly residents of Verwood and surrounding villages with guest speakers, musical entertainment and occasional outings.

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Vocational Services

Dorset HealthCare provides support to individuals with long-term health conditions affecting their employment through their occupational therapists (OTs). The OTs provide services such as assessments,…

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