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#Loneliness

From TheJournal.ie First of its kind fund launched to tackle loneliness Mental Health

First of its kind fund launched to tackle loneliness

The first of its kind fund will go towards helping local groups and community-based projects.

From TheJournal.ie 'Sometimes they're just lonely and want a chat': What it means to volunteer at Childline Mental Health This post contains videos

'Sometimes they're just lonely and want a chat': What it means to volunteer at Childline

Childline saw it’s seventh millionth phone call earlier this year – we sat down with some volunteers to see what Childline means to them.

From TheJournal.ie Why we need a minister with responsibility for loneliness Opinion

Why we need a minister with responsibility for loneliness

In the most interconnected period in history people are lonelier than ever writes Senator and GP Keith Swanick.

From TheJournal.ie Poor sleep triggers viral loneliness and social rejection, study finds Sleep Deprivation

Poor sleep triggers viral loneliness and social rejection, study finds

That alienating vibe also makes sleep-deprived individuals more socially unattractive to others.

From TheJournal.ie 'I feel more secure': How HomeShare has been bringing the old and young together Loneliness This post contains videos

'I feel more secure': How HomeShare has been bringing the old and young together

We visited John and Amy who have been taking part in the service.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's an epidemic': Taskforce established to tackle issue of loneliness in Ireland Lonely

'It's an epidemic': Taskforce established to tackle issue of loneliness in Ireland

Loneliness is one of the greatest public health risks today.”

From TheJournal.ie 'At a time such as Storm Emma we can feel the emptiness of endless time without boundaries' Isolation

'At a time such as Storm Emma we can feel the emptiness of endless time without boundaries'

We gave little thought to the psychological and emotional stresses of Storm Emma’s enforced isolation, writes Stephanie Regan.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should Ireland have a minister for loneliness? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland have a minister for loneliness?

The UK recently appointed a minister for that position.

From TheJournal.ie Despite all our new communication modes, people are lonelier than ever Opinion

Despite all our new communication modes, people are lonelier than ever

Loneliness is as prevalent in the young as it is in the old, it just manifests itself differently, writes Dr Keith Swanick.

From TheJournal.ie Britain appoints 'Minister for Loneliness' to tackle the 'sad reality of modern life' Mental Health

Britain appoints 'Minister for Loneliness' to tackle the 'sad reality of modern life'

More than nine million people in the UK say they are always or often lonely, according to the British Red Cross.

From TheJournal.ie 'It can be a rough time': How comedian Sarah Millican is helping people who spend Christmas alone Join In

'It can be a rough time': How comedian Sarah Millican is helping people who spend Christmas alone

This is the seventh year of her #joinin initiative which encourages those who are by themselves on Christmas Day to chat to join the online conversation for some company.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'd love more people to come out to me because I'm not getting out as much as I used to' ALONE

'I'd love more people to come out to me because I'm not getting out as much as I used to'

Alone is asking people to take the time to call into an elderly neighbour over Christmas.

From TheJournal.ie It's very Irish to be ashamed if you don’t stumble upon love by some act of serendipity Lonely This Christmas

It's very Irish to be ashamed if you don’t stumble upon love by some act of serendipity

“Actually admitting that we would be happier in a relationship seems to be an emotional hot potato,” says Rena Maycock.

From TheJournal.ie Guess what? It’s OK to be single, feel sad or have a few pounds to lose Opinion

Guess what? It’s OK to be single, feel sad or have a few pounds to lose

Social media keeps us connected to each another but disconnected from the truth.

From TheJournal.ie It's a jungle out there – how do you date successfully in modern Ireland? Opinion

It's a jungle out there – how do you date successfully in modern Ireland?

The rules of engagement for dating, both in Ireland and around the world, have changed.

From TheJournal.ie Online counselling offers easy-to-reach support for depression and anxiety Turn2Me

Online counselling offers easy-to-reach support for depression and anxiety

Its proponents say it offers advantages over other services – but just how popular is e-therapy in Ireland? We talk to mental health support website Turn2Me.org.

From TheJournal.ie Fears that deaths by suicide rose over Christmas period Depression

Fears that deaths by suicide rose over Christmas period

Calls to Console’s helpline rose by one third over the festive season.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Learning from the Paris bloodshed – the need for an intercultural Ireland Understanding Our World

Opinion: Learning from the Paris bloodshed – the need for an intercultural Ireland

Irish sports clubs, and in particular the GAA, have been immeasurable helpful in warmly welcoming young people from diverse backgrounds.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Too much “stuff” – what causes hoarding? Opinion

Column: Too much “stuff” – what causes hoarding?

Hoarding is far from rare, and yet it remains largely misunderstood.

From TheJournal.ie If you need to talk to somebody today, there are people who WANT to listen Christmas

If you need to talk to somebody today, there are people who WANT to listen

Christmas can be the worst time of the year for some – but there is help out there.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Breaking up (around Christmas) is hard to do Heartache

Opinion: Breaking up (around Christmas) is hard to do

Ending a relationship at this time of year can magnify the perception that everyone else is having a great time with their loved ones.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: A simple act of kindness could help someone feeling alone at this time of year Loneliness

Opinion: A simple act of kindness could help someone feeling alone at this time of year

Spare a thought for those who will be on their own over the holiday period – this can be one of the worst times of the year.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: You’re never too old to talk – so don't overlook older people's mental health World Mental Health Day

Opinion: You’re never too old to talk – so don't overlook older people's mental health

Some great strides have been made in this country in recent years to tackle mental health issues, but let’s make sure all people in society are cared for.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Yes, social media sometimes makes us feel alone – but it also shows we're not Self Esteem

Opinion: Yes, social media sometimes makes us feel alone – but it also shows we're not

In our haste to condemn all things Facebook and Twitter, let’s not forget they also present huge opportunities for realising we are not alone in our struggles.

From TheJournal.ie A helpline is the only contact some elderly people have with others Loneliness

A helpline is the only contact some elderly people have with others

Over 2,000 people have called Senior Help Line in the first three months of this year.

From TheJournal.ie Loneliness is a health risk for the elderly Early Death

Loneliness is a health risk for the elderly

Loneliness has twice the impact of obesity on premature death.

From TheJournal.ie Older generation feeling 'harsh impact' of emigration, says helpline Loneliness

Older generation feeling 'harsh impact' of emigration, says helpline

Senior Help Line has seen a “worrying” increase in the number of calls.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Will you call into a neighbour today? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you call into a neighbour today?

On Christmas Day, is there someone outside the family that you’ll be checking in on?

From TheJournal.ie Christmas can 'heighten feelings of loneliness and despair' Loneliness

Christmas can 'heighten feelings of loneliness and despair'

If you need to talk, there are people who want to listen.

From TheJournal.ie Column: For many this Christmas, loneliness will turn the minutes into hours Opinion

Column: For many this Christmas, loneliness will turn the minutes into hours

It has been a brutal, punishing year for many people across this country. As we enter a new year, let’s focus on one another again and take the responsibility to lead others through this darkness and out the other side, writes Gareth O’Callaghan.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Is loneliness in old age inevitable? Not in a caring society. Column

Column: Is loneliness in old age inevitable? Not in a caring society.

Everyone needs to feel wanted and remembered, but many older people are being left isolated because of rapid economic, social and technological changes, writes Anne Dempsey.

From TheJournal.ie Tonight's Evening Fix... now with added thumbs up (and down) Need To Know

Tonight's Evening Fix... now with added thumbs up (and down)

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why I wanted to make a movie about isolation in rural Ireland Read Me

Column: Why I wanted to make a movie about isolation in rural Ireland

IFTA Rising Star winner, Gerard Barrett, says people in Ireland don’t talk enough about how they feel – which can lead to tragedy. In making his award-winning movie, Pilgrim Hill, for just €4500, he lifted the lid on loneliness experienced by country farmers.

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

From TheJournal.ie Older people risk isolation at Christmas, charity warns Christmas

Older people risk isolation at Christmas, charity warns

Loneliness can have real health effects with Christmas a particularly bad time, support organisation Alone said.