Exploring youth loneliness

1,035 young people surveyed from around Australia, not only revealed that 54% of young people lack companionship but also that 47% of respondents felt left out and 43% felt isolated.


Headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey 2020

Youth Information

Introduction

Loneliness can be experienced by any one and at any stage during their lifetime. For a young person, the transition from high school to employment, Tafe or University can be challenging. End Loneliness Inc. recognises the importance of forming and maintaining connections. That’s why we’ve put together a contact list of resources to encourage you to get social and to seek help if you need it.

Causes of Loneliness

Loneliness is common and can derive from many different factors including but not limited to:

  • Changes in personal circumstances (relationships, employment, financial hardship, living alone)
  • Personal loss (death of a family member or friend)
  • Distance from family and friends
  • Low self esteem
  • Absence of a support network

How to Reduce Loneliness

ReachOut.com.au have put together strategies to reduce loneliness: 11 things to do if you’re feeling lonely.

If you Need Emergency Assistance

Ambulance: 000
Police: 000
Lifeline: 13 11 14

Community Support Contact Information

Lifeline 24 Hour Crisis Line: 13 11 14SMS from 6 pm to 12 am on 0477 131 114

Kids Help Line (under 25 years of age): 1800 55 180

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732

Women’s Crisis Line: 1800 811 811

Mensline Australia: 1300 789 978

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636

13 Yarn (Indigenous Support): 13 92 76

Thirrili (Indigenous Suicide Services): 1800 805 801

Switchboard (LGBTIQ support): 1800 184 527 * Head to Health: Australian Government list of national and state mental health crisis service details.

Translating and Interpreting Service: 13 14 50.

References

Chai, C. 2022, All About Loneliness: What Causes It, How to Cope With It, and When to Get Help, accessed 17 February 2023, Loneliness: Causes, Coping With It, and Getting Help | Everyday Health.
Cherry, K. 2022, Loneliness: Causes and Health Consequences, accessed 17 February 2023, Loneliness: Causes and Health Consequences (verywellmind.com).

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