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Our research on young people’s experiences of loneliness

We researched young people’s experiences of loneliness, and the barriers they face talking about this issue.

What we found

  • Almost two-thirds (65%) of young people think that loneliness is a problem for their generation
  • 81% say that fear of others’ reactions would stop them talking about feeling lonely
  • Fewer than one in ten (9%) think that their age group is confident discussing loneliness

How we did it

Our report presented the results of a survey of 2,000 young people across the UK. We also drew on the findings of ‘Loneliness Connects Us’, a creative, youth-led research project carried out by our partners Manchester Metropolitan University and 42nd Street.

These two complementary studies offer insights into young people’s feelings and experiences and point the way towards a new approach to youth loneliness.

Our recommendations

Based on our findings, we’re calling for a new approach that will help young people understand loneliness as a normal human experience, and equip them to navigate and manage it, both individually and collectively.