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Thinking about loneliness and isolation can be distressing (will change a bit depending on the wording of the question). If you would like to talk to someone now you can contact:

  • Kids Helpline - a counselling service for kids and young people. Call 1800 55 1800.
  • Lifeline - a free crisis telephone counselling service. Call 13 11 14.

You might be interested in Neighbour Day to get ideas for making connections in your neighbourhood. www.neighbourday.org

You might also want to think about other ways to get more connected to you community, including

  • volunteering

www.govolunteer.com.au
www.volunteer.com.au
www.volunteeringaustralia.org

  • interest-based activities.

You can find out more about interest groups and recreational activities in your area from your local library, from local newspapers and through online searches. You can also think about joining in activities at your children’s school or offering your skills to local groups, or polishing up on your interests or learning something new through adult education courses.

 

Reference: Hughes, M. E, Waite, L. J, Hawkley, L. C & Cacioppo, J. T, (2004), A Short Scale for Measuring Loneliness in Large Surveys: Results From Two Population-Based Studies, Res Aging. 26(6): 655-672.

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