To Pat / 1 April 2019
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I have lots of people living at home with me, 5 siblings and my parents, sometimes I just feel so lonely, even though there are all these people around, I don’t know why. What should I do?
From Pat / 18 April 2019
Thank you for contacting us. From your message it sounds like you sometimes feel alone even though you are surrounded by people and this can be confusing. It is possible to feel lonely when you are with others – you don’t need to be physically alone.
It can feel like no one can really understand what’s going on for you or how you feel, even if they are there with you. When you are feeling lonely it can also make you feel down. You have the right to talk about how you’re feeling.
A lot of different people can feel lonely including adults, children, older people – you’re not alone in how you’re feeling.
It might help to keep yourself busy. Sometimes there are activities that can be done when you’re alone. What do you think about reading, watching TV, listening to music or artwork? Are there any other activities you can think of that you could do on your own?
As mentioned earlier, anyone can feel lonely at any time. You have the right to talk to someone about how you are feeling. This could be someone you get on well with and that you trust –sometimes this might be a friend or a family member.
Childline is always here to listen to you and support you, whatever’s on your mind. Childline can be contacted by calling 1800 66 66 66 (24 hrs a day), chatting online at Childline.ie (10am – 4am daily), or texting to 50101 (10am – 4am daily).