Social isolation is when you feel alone (sometimes despite being surrounded by people) and not feeling a part of the wider society. We are social creatures by nature and feeling isolated can often be detrimental to a person’s well-being.
There are many things that can increase feelings of social isolation including bereavement, relationship breakdown, redundancy, retirement, being a lone carer, having a baby, moving home, disability, poor mobility, lack of access to transport, discrimination, fear of new situations, social anxiety or shyness.
Possible signs and symptoms that develop when someone is feeling isolated are reduced confidence, lower
self esteem, depression, anxiety, shortened attention span/ increased forgetfulness, general ill-health or increased risk of substance or alcohol misuse.