Loneliness

“Loneliness is a hot topic. There’s no questioning the significant negative social, health and economic hurt caused by ‘the loneliness epidemic,’ and many community leaders and third-sector organisations are calling for greater acknowledgement of this social issue, and investment in initiatives to tackle loneliness. But a question that isn’t asked as often is, do we actually know how to effectively tackle loneliness?”

In the Village

Are our approaches to tackling this issue fundamentally flawed?

Loneliness is a hot topic. There’s no questioning the significant negative social, health and economic hurt caused by ‘the loneliness epidemic,’ and many community leaders and third-sector organisations are calling for greater acknowledgement of this social issue, and investment in initiatives to tackle loneliness. But a question that isn’t asked as often is, do we actually know how to effectively tackle loneliness?

A seemingly logical assumption

Charitable and community organisations have been ‘helping the lonely’ for centuries. And in some ways, the lonely soul persona hasn’t changed all that much, portrayed in shades of blue and grey, sitting alone, shoulders hunched, slumped slightly forward, sitting alone in the shadows. The solution is presented as the warm, friendly face with the helping hands and charitable spirit bathed in sunshine, showing up at the shadowy doorstep to reach out the hand and pull…

View original post 1,529 more words

“It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” – Decouvertes

I found these questions on Pinterest (the magical place — and frequently rabbit hole — where you can literally find anything). I want to write something more about me and you should do it too! Write your answers in the comment section below Q 1. Do you prefer writing with black or blue pen? —... Continue Reading →

Lonely is the Hardest

Look out the window at the crowded streets belowSeems everybody has someplace to go.Look in the mirror with far away eyesCry in silence at a wasted life. Do you believe when I tell youThat lonely is the hardest.Do you believe when I tell youThat lonely is the hardest state of all.— Suzi Quatro 'Lonely is... Continue Reading →

Use the KonMari Method to Tidy Your Mind

Your home is living space, not storage space. Francine Jay As someone whose OCD manifests as hoarding (as the few people I've ever let in my flat can testify), this article by Brad Stulberg for Outdoors magazine so resonates with me! "There’s growing evidence that a cluttered home or workplace is a stressful one. A... Continue Reading →

Time is a Great Healer…?

A great article on grief. I wish this site had been up in 2008. No, time definitely isn't a "great healer"! Last week was the 11th anniversary of my mother's death and the pain is still as raw. I had the 11th anniversary of my mam's death in February. I'm still grieving 11 years on.... Continue Reading →

New Inquest Into Ella Kissi-Debrah’s Death

This is utterly groundbreaking. The Ella Roberta Family have won the right to another inquest into the death of their daughter Ella. The Attorney General said "I have concluded that there is new evidence which may alter the substantial truth of Ella's death”. He went on "I am therefore able to give my permission for... Continue Reading →

And so this is Christmas ?

11am Christmas Day and I'm sitting in Blakelaw Club having a pint - by myself as usual. Not how today was supposed to be. My friend JJ was supposed to be crashing at mine over the Christmas period - Christmas period dinner and everything. Letting someone in my flat is a huge thing for me... Continue Reading →

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑