What does loneliness mean? It can mean different things to different people: from having no-one to talk to and feeling disconnected from the world to feeling left out and misunderstood.
In 2016, according to the British Red Cross, over 9 million adults in the UK said they were always or often lonely. In 2018 a study by The Loneliness Experiment* found that 40% of all 16-24 year olds said they sometimes or often felt lonely, compared to 27% of adults aged over 75.
*The Loneliness Experiment, published October 2018, is a nationwide survey amongst 55,000 people conducted by BBC Radio 4’s ‘All In The Mind’ in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection.