Loneliness Awareness Week #LetsTalkLoneliness
As the week draws to a close, so does the Marmalade Trust’s campaign to highlight and raise awareness for those amongst us struggling with loneliness. Set up in 2016 and running from 15-19 June 2020, LAW has likely never been more necessary in this the most isolated of times as our communities and world around grapple with the Covid crisis.
Together with raising general awareness, a key aim of the campaign is helping people talk about feeling alone and to make new connections. Loneliness is a normal and commonplace emotion but there still exists a stigma around acknowledging and talking about it. We can even feel lonely with people directly around us, particularly when we feel misunderstood or uncared for. We may also not realise the people, relatives, friends and neighbours who are feeling lonely and isolated beside us.
The Marmalade Trust has joined with other charities during Loneliness Awareness Week to launch the Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved this week:
- Build your understanding – take a look at the loneliness guide to learn more about helping others who are lonely
- Utilise social media – talking about loneliness is an excellent way to better understand it. Why not share a post about loneliness and suggest ways to help others. Use the hashtags #LetsTalkLoneliness and #LonelinessAwarenessWeek
- Take the Loneliness Pledge here and promise to learn and talk about loneliness. You can also share pledge graphics to your social media and tag your friends. The more you reach, the more people can join the conversation.
- Make someone’s day with a letter or card – reach out to family, friends or neighbours who are elderly or otherwise isolated. Look out for the special Loneliness Awareness Week postmark on all mail delivered between 15-19 June.
- Play & Talk Weekend – play a game online with friends and family for an hour – find out more here.
- The Great Get Together – organised by the Jo Cox Foundation, The Great Get Together celebrates the power of community. Get involved and build connections either in your neighbourhood or virtually this week.
And remember, it’s not just this week but every week that people are affected. Make chatting to and helping others an everyday part of your life.