Social isolation and loneliness

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.

Refer yourself today without visiting your GP first.
Our service is free, confidential and supportive. When life gets too tough, we can help you through.

About Talking Therapies

We are a free and confidential NHS service offering a range of talking therapies to anyone registered with a Surrey GP (18 years and over). You can refer yourself to us without seeing a doctor first

Crisis Care

If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s immediate safety, then call 999 for emergency services. If you feel that you need urgent help to be able to keep yourself or others safe it is important to contact your GP. Outside of GP hours, the following crisis support is available: Crisis Helpline In times of crisis or distress please call: 0300 456 83 42 5.00pm – 9.00am Monday to Friday, with 24 hours cover at weekends including Bank Holidays. Samaritans (24 hours daily) 08457 90 90 90 (national number) or 01737 248444 (East Surrey Samaritans), email: jo@samaritans.org More on crisis/emergency resources here