New research reveals 44% of Australians regularly feel lonely, with a quarter feeling that they have no one to talk to. More than a third of Australians have never felt lonelier than they have in lockdown.
While loneliness is indiscriminate, more than two fifths of Australians are worried about being judged if they say they are lonely. Bec felt lonely while suffering from post natal depression “That was insanely lonely. There were always people helping out coming over cooking meals…But I still felt really isolating.” Jeziel experienced loneliness went he first moved to Perth. “I used to hang out for events such as going to church or playing soccer. But outside those two events I was so lonely.”
Bec and Jeziel asked listeners to share their experiences with loneliness. Fatima struggled with alcohol and drug addiction but was too embarrassed to ask for help. She found a group of friends who introduced her to the bible which helped turn her life around. “I acknowledged that I had an issue than everything started to come easy”
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