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Social connections and networks
Social connections and networks are important for wellbeing

Staying connected is more important than ever. Strong, supportive relationships – whether family or with the wider community and faith groups – are one of the most important factors to help us thrive.

 

Loneliness can affect any of us, any time, and can lead to poor mental and physical health. Many people, of all ages, reported higher levels of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic. But there were also many acts of kindness, amazing selflessness, and innovative ways to connect virtually.

 

Here we outline some free resources to support you and others to stay connected, alongside how you can help to build a greater awareness of loneliness, remove the stigma, and promote social connection.

Resources from Good Thinking
Digital peer support
Find digital peer support, with the best of social media and proven therapeutic techniques on the friendly tomo app, including building healthy habits and relationships.
Coping with loneliness
Read how to cope with loneliness, with links to help tackle the emotional isolation so many of us felt going in and out of lockdown.
Using online communities
Listen to online safety expert Annie Mullins OBE discussing how to get the best from online communities without too many risks.
Eddie Marsan
Watch actor Eddie Marsan on his lessons from lockdown and the vital importance of people in our lives.
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Resources to help you
Tackling loneliness
Read the Marmalade Trust’s range of tips and guidance, including ideas around starting a gratitude journal or even joining an online group as ways of supporting loneliness.
Tips for young Londoners
Find tips for young people on tackling loneliness, read how people like you have coped, and discover where to get more help if you need it, on the Young Minds website.
Tips for older Londoners
For older people, read this guide from the Campaign to End Loneliness on what to do if you’re feeling lonely.
Act On Podcast
Listen to Thrive LDN’s podcast Act On: Loneliness and Covid-19, hosted by Kate Shurety, Executive Director at the Campaign to End Loneliness.
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Resources to help you support others
Starting a conversation
Worried about a friend or loved one? It’s not always easy to raise the subject, but our conversation starter has advice on getting people talking.
Helping someone feel connected
Find tips to help someone feel connected in the Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign’s round up of advice.
Pandemic Stories
Listen to Halima Begum of the Runnymede Trust host a discussion on the pressure many Londoners have been under to support friends and family through the covid crisis.
Offer your time to listen
Explore listening tips from Samaritans. Listening is an important skill. Ask open questions that start with "how", "what", "where" or "when". This can help people open up.
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