No Limits publish figures showing link between youth loneliness and poor mental health
11th March 2019
Ahead of National Social Prescribing Day, No Limits has released statistics which highlights the impact loneliness has upon young people’s mental health and well-being in Southampton.
No Limits conducted a 2-week survey in February 2019 of approximately 300 young people around youth loneliness. Of the 300 participants, 58% of young people said they have felt disconnected from people, with 54% of the 14-15 cohort stating that they felt they had no one to turn to.
Many of the respondents explained they have experienced feelings of isolation, depression and sadness, which they attributed to having low self-esteem and confidence as a result of social media.
To tackle youth loneliness in Southampton, No Limits has been awarded with funding from the Co-Op Building Connections Fund to support over 200 young people who are suffering with high levels of loneliness due to the complex issues in their lives.
In turn, with the help of No Limits, these young people will engage in social action to tackle loneliness for themselves and their peers. By the end of the two-year project, it is hoped that many young people in Southampton will understand more about loneliness and youth workers will be better equipped to tackle it.
No Limits’ loneliness project is set to launch on Thursday 14th March at a social prescribing event where young people who may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation can come and find out about how they can access support. The event will be held at the No Limits Advice Centre, Southampton, SO14 2DF and will run from 5:30-7pm.
To find out more, email: [email protected] or phone 02380 224 224.