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ChildLine sees surge in calls about loneliness

There has been a 14% rise in the number of counselling sessions that ChildLine has delivered around loneliness.

Childline carried out 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 – a 14% rise on the previous year, the charity revealed.

Almudena Lara, NSPCC Head of Policy and Public Affairs, said:These Childline figures show that although we might not think of loneliness as something that affects young people. But children are increasingly seeking support about feeling alone and isolated.”

“This year the Prime Minster announced a strategy on tackling loneliness and social isolation, and the NSPCC would urge those working on this taskforce to take children and how they are now engaging with the world fully into account,” she added.

Childline spoke to young people who were struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness due to mental health issues, bullying and social media use. Eighty per cent of sessions were from girls, some of who shared concerns about the harmful effects of social media use and how comparing themselves to others online made them feel increasingly isolated.

The NSPCC’s 'Are you there?' campaign is calling on government to provide funding to Childline so it can help more children and teenagers struggling with mental health issues.

 

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