Feeling lonely isn’t a mental health problem in and of itself; however, having a mental health problem increases your chance of feeling lonely and feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health. Everyone feels lonely sometimes. People feel lonely when they’re all alone and by themselves; people feel lonely when they’re in a crowd surrounded by people. Join this webinar as we discuss the root causes of loneliness and learn tips on how to overcome it. Explore the healing agents for loneliness: awareness, acceptance, and compassion.
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“They are opposite states... Solitude is usually actively sought after and is a personal choice that comes from an inner yearning. Isolation is usually actively avoided and is forced from the outside. Solitude allows for expansion and freedom of thought, providing the chance to soar above the ordinary in order to come back to the world refreshed and reinvigorated. Isolation contracts the walls and makes a prison, draining the will and leaving you exhausted.” Source
The days following my dad’s death by suicide were the loneliest of my life. In a roomful of people, in the midst of a hug, in the middle of a conversation, the resounding thought I had was that I was alone. No one had the relationship I did with my dad, no one knew all the struggles he had endured that he shared with me, and no one could possibly understand the shock, sadness or emptiness I was feeling.