Half of adults in the East Midlands who feel lonely fear something will happen to them and no one will notice, and two fifths of adults (40%) often feel alone, like they have no one to turn to.
The Red Cross polled over 4,000 UK adults and found that more than half (54%) of people in the East Midlands - feel always, often or sometimes lonely.
The findings of the research suggest a lack of meaningful social connections could be contributing to people’s feelings of loneliness and isolation as in the East Midlands:
- Two fifths (40%) of people say they often feel alone, like they have no one to turn to
- Half (50%) of people say their neighbours are like strangers to them
- Over two fifths (44%) of those who do have people they feel close to or can rely on say those people live far away from them
- Over a fifth (21%) don’t have friends they feel close to or can talk to
- One in eight (12%) don’t have people in their life they can go to in a crisis
Last year the British Red Cross supported over 291,600 people in crisis across the UK giving them someone they could turn to in their hour of need. The charity is calling on everyone to show their kindness this winter, by helping the Red Cross continue supporting those most in need so they don’t feel alone.
The survey also found that of those in the East Midlands who felt lonely:
- Over three fifths (62%) said their loneliness is having a negative impact on their life, and 64% worry their loneliness will get worse
- Two thirds (66%) often feel completely alone when surrounded by people
- Almost half (47%) of people said they have no strategies for coping with their loneliness
The British Red Cross provides services across the UK for those who are alone and isolated, helping them connect with their communities.
Chris Bailey, senior service manager for independent living at the British Red Cross in the East Midlands, said: “Loneliness and social isolation doesn’t discriminate. Life circumstances can change in the blink of an eye, meaning it can happen to anyone, no matter your age or background.
“We all need someone to turn to in a crisis, but the findings of our research suggest that there are many people in our communities feeling they lack meaningful, human connections. This will be concerning for all of us to hear, no matter where we live in the UK, or with whom.
“Every one of us would want someone to reach out to us if we found ourselves all alone. People who need our help may be closer than we think, and could feel much more connected if we offer them our kindness.
“The British Red Cross is there every day, helping people connect with their communities. A donation this winter could help ensure we continue this vital work supporting those most vulnerable.”