Loneliness Awareness Week.
Created and hosted by Marmalade Trust, our annual campaign raises awareness of loneliness across the UK (and beyond!) and gets people talking about it.
Let's talk loneliness.
Marmalade Trust is the UK’s leading loneliness charity offering support for all ages and the only charity in the world specifically dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness. We launched Loneliness Awareness Week (‘LAW’) in 2017 and it grows in momentum each year across the UK and internationally.
Loneliness Awareness Week 2024
The next Loneliness Awareness Week will be hosted in June 2024. Loneliness Awareness Week is all about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends or colleagues about loneliness. Loneliness is a natural human emotion - we are hardwired to need social connections. By talking about it, we can support ourselves and others. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to find out more!
Our 2023 campaign highlighted the importance of everyday moments of connection. The campaign reached 268 million people and events took place across the country and worldwide! #ConnectionMatters
Why is raising awareness so important?
Whilst we’re seeing an increase in discussion on the subject, stigma remains and there are some key misconceptions that still need to be challenged. Ask anyone to picture a lonely person and most will imagine an older person living on their own. As such, we often rebuke and dismiss feelings of loneliness because ‘that doesn’t apply to me’.
By identifying and acknowledging all the times that we have personally felt and experienced loneliness, we can start to change our viewpoint, accept it and understand how to take action to manage the feeling (and our social connections) in the future.
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