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Loneliness can really affect your mental health, so we’d like to help. There’s information and support for you here even if you’re not a Bupa customer.

Coping with loneliness

Feeling lonely isn’t trivial, but it’s usually very difficult to admit. It can be about being isolated but there are other causes, too. Some people don’t see enough of their loved ones, or their relationships aren’t fulfilling. If you’re not getting enough contact, or the right kind, it can lead to mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety.

The signs of loneliness can creep up on you. For example, you might not remember when you last laughed or spoke to anyone. You might feel disconnected even when you’re with others. If this is your normal, you might benefit from some support and advice in coping with loneliness.

Are you an older person who’s feeling lonely?

If you or someone you know is feeling lonely, Bupa Buddy is here for a chat. We understand that it can be tough to self-isolate or shield because of COVID-19. So why not make yourself a cup of tea and give us a call? You don’t even have to be a Bupa customer.

Look out for the signs of loneliness

The signs of loneliness can vary. Here are some you might recognise:

  • Feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy
  • A sense of detachment from the world
  • Struggling to enjoy hobbies, food or your work
  • Finding it difficult to be in company and avoiding others, perhaps feeling shy or clumsy
  • Having difficulty putting your worries into perspective
  • Being poorly more often and not sleeping well
  • Looking for comfort in alcohol or shopping

Enjoy your own company: take a mindful walk with our 15-minute podcast

Bupa’s Dr Meera Joshi will guide you through a 15-minute walk while practising mindfulness. It’s a recognised technique for tackling feelings of low mood. You don’t need any mindfulness experience to do this.

Our tips for coping with loneliness

Stay connected with friends and family during COVID-19

Here are our tips if you’re struggling with the effects of having stayed home, you don’t like going out, or you’re still shielding.

Support for feeling lonely from Bupa’s experts

Our wellbeing platform, Healthy Me, is where you’ll find a wide range of help in coping with loneliness.

If you’re in a crisis or just need some help, don’t hesitate. Here are some really helpful organisations that you can turn to for support.

  • Samaritans

  • Mind

  • YoungMinds

  • Mental Health Foundation

  • Rethink Mental Illness

Mental health support as part of Bupa health insurance

Direct Access telephone services are available as long as the symptoms are covered under the policy. If your cover excludes conditions you had before your policy started, we’ll ask you to provide evidence from your GP that your symptoms are not pre-existing for a period of up to two years from policy start date (or up to five years in the case of mental health). We can then refer you to a consultant or therapist through the Direct Access service. Always call us first to check your eligibility.

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