What Do We Mean by Youth Loneliness?

Young people from the Young Scot Youth Loneliness Panel share their thoughts and ideas on loneliness:

  • You can have lots or just a small group of friends and family but still struggle with feeling lonely and isolated as you believe that no one understands your situation, but asking for help is the best and bravest thing you can do. 
  • Anyone can be affected by loneliness.
  • Just talking to someone about how you have been feeling can begin to help combat the feeling of loneliness.
  • By looking after yourself, and taking time to relax, it can help with feeling loneliness (take a look at Young Scot's mindfulness series for ideas on ways to relax). 
  • University of Edinburgh research found that loneliness has increased in young people due to COVID-19. Before lockdown, 9% of young people said they felt lonely all or most of the time, and this increased to 28% feeling lonely most or all of the time during the lockdown.
  • There are ways to tackle loneliness and it can be a different range of things but it's important to find something that works well for you.
  • Sometimes if things do get left not talked about, like feeling lonely, then it can lead to difficulties like anxiety or depression which is why it is so important to try and reach out and talk to someone.

If you're feeling lonely and need support, there are a range of organisations that can support you over the phone, e-mail, text and webchat. Visit our #AyeFeel page to find out more.

Find more information and support on loneliness or feeling alone.