Loneliness is increasingly recognised as a serious public health concern within the UK. Although it has historically been viewed as an issue amongst older adults, recent research has shown elevated levels of loneliness among young people.
Although society is more connected than ever before by social media and mobile devices, today’s children and young people lack the intimacy of face-to-face human interaction, what they call IRL (in real life). As a result, there is a heightened level of social isolation and loneliness in children and young people.
Loneliness and isolation is a growing issue, and it doesn't just affect older people.
Loneliness affects millions of children and young people in the UK every year and is a key driver of poor mental health. This is especially important to address for young people who have become more isolated since the pandemic and lockdowns, losing important opportunities during adolescence to build relationships and friendships with peers. Resulting in significant isolation and a deterioration in face-to-face communication skills for many young people.
This Loneliness and Isolation course is for anyone who comes into contact with children and young people who might be lonely or isolated. It will provide an awareness of what isolation and loneliness is, who might be vulnerable, how to spot signs that someone might need help and what you can do to help tackle this issue.
Course Purpose is to help you:
- Understand what it meant by loneliness, and why it matters to tackle it.
- Know how loneliness can affect children and young people.
- Spot the triggers for loneliness and poor mental health.
- Suggest ideas for overcoming loneliness.
- Know where to go for further help.
There is no charge for this Training, except if there is failure to attend without giving notice, when a charge of £50 may be incurred.
If for any reason you are unable to attend or no longer require the Training, please cancel your place on the course through our Training Portal or email firstname.lastname@example.org as it allows another person to attend.