• Kowshika Ravichandran

LONELINESS: THE UNSUNG ANTAGONIST

We all need some alone time to refresh our minds and get our thoughts back. But what if that alone time elongates? You may lose yourself. Loneliness is something more serious than we thought. It’s a kind of social isolation one experiences that make one feel unhappy all the time. It feels like your world started to operate on its own without you.



WHO SUFFER?

Anyone can experience loneliness at any stage of their life. The hard truth is, that even if you try to connect with your social circle, you fail. The age group of 16-24 is the major affected people in loneliness. The untreated loneliness can lead to several health issues like cardiac issues, and immune deficiency. Prolonged loneliness can lead to more severe mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

STEPS TAKEN

Some get comfortable with loneliness and hesitate to treat it. This increases the risk of suicide in later stages and causes future suicide ideation and/or behaviour (SIB). The United Kingdom government took a serious step against loneliness and formed a ministry for Loneliness. They help people in tackling loneliness by reaching out to them.

CAUSES

Loneliness can be caused by anything. Separation from family and loved ones, bullying, low self-esteem, introverted personality, online bullying, and many more are the culprit causing loneliness. The negative effects of loneliness can lead to poor health, a weak immune system, sleeping disorder, and in the worst case, drug usage.

PREVENTION

To overcome loneliness, one must try and outcome the mental situation first. Talking with someone with whom you feel safe will help a lot. Other than that, volunteering will help to form a connection with a lot of people. To get more help, join clubs and groups which help people fight loneliness. Have pet animals that will increase your serotonin level to fight loneliness.

HELPLINE:

INDIA

08046110007(https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/MindingourmindsduringCoronaeditedat.pdf )

UNITED KINGDOM

0808 196 3651 (https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus )

USA

800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) ( https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ )


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