Back to Uni or school and Lonely?
COVID-19 has necessitated widespread social isolation, fundamentally changing the way we all live, learn and work. Government health departments worldwide have rapidly implemented containment measures such as home quarantine, social distancing, school and university closures and establishment of online learning, with the schooling year for several learning establishments beginning this week. These changes have been particularly felt by students who have experienced a prolonged state of physical isolation from peers, teachers, extended families, as well as support and community networks. Early research into the effects of COVID-19 indicated that more than one-third of adolescents report high levels of loneliness, and almost half of 18 to 24-year old's experienced loneliness during lockdowns. Alarmingly, recent research suggests that this group of young people are more likely to experience high rates of depression and most likely anxiety during and after enforced isolation ends.
But what can be done to help alleviate social isolation and loneliness?
1. Firstly, it’s essential to find ways to aid children, adolescents, and university students to feel a sense of belonging. This can be within your own family but can also be broader such as feeling a part of a wider community.
2. Research also suggests that screen time and social media can be beneficial in aiding young people to access the benefits of virtual social contact.
3. Building some structure and routine into periods of involuntary social isolation can help provide wide mental health benefits.
4. Therapy can be of real support too.
Check out the Teams page and call or email to schedule in an appointment with your preferred therapist for the journey back to wellness.