If you feel lonely sometimes, it turns out you’re not alone in it. Over half of respondents in a recent Cigna survey reported feelings of loneliness. Experts have also found that lonely people are not just suffering emotionally. Feeling isolated has been linked to physical health problems as well, like heart disease and stroke, and even premature death.
Many are surprised to discover that younger people related feeling more lonely than did older generations. One study conducted in 2017 showed that more screen time and social media may be connected to depression, and even suicide, which are often indicators of loneliness. Conversely, those who were less connected online, but had more face to face interactions, described feeling less depressed or suicidal.
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Did you know that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month? If you’re feeling lonely or depressed, you can text GA to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line, or call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.