Loneliness

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Going to university is a big change and many students feel lonely from time to time.

How can I help myself?

The first thing to keep in mind is that you are certainly not the only one feeling lonely.

The actual feeling of loneliness is a 'flag' that there is some thing you need, so take notice of the feeling.

  • Don't hide away or avoid people.
  • Put yourself in situations where you can become involved in conversations and activities.
  • Take the initiative and talk to other people rather than waiting for them to talk to you.
  • Say 'hello' or maybe just smile, it will usually be returned.
  • Be positive when you talk with people.
  • Get involved in societies or voluntary work.
  • Balance your time so sometimes you are with people and sometimes you are alone.
  • Work out if you prefer to talk in groups or have one-to-one conversations or a mixture of the two.

Keep trying even if your first attempts are not very successful - you may be expecting too much of yourself and others.

Resources

In crisis now

Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.

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Ways to get involved

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Student societies and student events are a great way to meet people who share your interests.

Workshops and groups

If you're struggling with loneliness you might find it helpful to attend one of the following workshops:

See our Workshops and groups page for other workshops that may help with your wellbeing.