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Is loneliness and isolation affecting your mental health?
This is a site for people who want to meet up with strangers. But maybe you're struggling to make the jump to in-person connection and don't know what's holding you back. If you've been alone or isolated for a long time, it can be hard to put yourself out there. Making friends with strangers is scary!
If you feel like you're missing out on meaningful friendships, you are not alone! According to some reports, as many as 58% of Americans say there is no one in their life who knows them well. And the pandemic only made it worse creating what some call a Loneliness Epidemic.
Anyone can find themselves feeling emotionally or socially isolated.
- Maybe you've recently moved to the city and are struggling to find new friends.
- Or perhaps you lost your significant other and are alone for the first time in years.
- If you're a single parent or you work remotely, it's likely you're often stuck at home with no one to talk to.
- Even people who appear to be surrounded by friends can suffer from loneliness, if those relationships lack real intimacy and emotional connection. Being alone is not the same thing as loneliness.
- And sometimes it feels safer to stay behind the screen, even if you're longing for real life connection.
There are so many reasons people become lonely, and it can affect people of any age.
If you live in Chicago and loneliness is affecting your mental health, there is a new FREE support group that can help you.
The Lonely in Chicago: Social and Emotional Isolation Therapy Group now meets on Tuesdays at 6 - 7:30pm at Asian Human Services (2838 W. Peterson Ave).
Lead by a mental health professional, it will offer confidential, free support, along with advice on coping skills, destigmatization, and sharing experiences. People of all ages, income levels, backgrounds, genders, and life-circumstances are welcome.
If you are interested in learning more contact Mary Leighton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or register using this link.
Don't let your fears hold you back! You deserve to feel heard, supported, and loved.