Feeling lonely is an uncomfortable sense of separation - of not connecting with other people.
Anyone can feel lonely and it can happen for lots of different reasons:
Being away from home
Feeling different to the people around you
Having problems with friends
Feeling you're not as good as others
Feeling lonely is not nice but there are things you can do to help:
Joining a club or activity
Telling someone about how you feel
Trying to chat to more people
Looking for the good in people - finding the things that you like about them
Feeling lonely happens when we don't connect with other people. It is an uncomfortable feeling but we can try to do something about it.
I Feel Lonely
I feel lonely sometimes. It can feel like I'm on my own with no one around me. This can make me sad and unhappy.
When I'm feeling lonely I can try to do something about it. I can:
Try talking and listening to someone
Ask to join in a game with others
Try to find out good things about those around me
Join after-school clubs and activities
Do things that distract me like doing puzzles or reading
Tell an adult how I feel
I don't like to feel lonely. If I try I can do things that make me feel better.