Short periods of loneliness is fine, but when sustained, subjective feelings of loneliness can pose serious risks to emotional well-being, quality of life and length and level of physiological health.
The feeling of being lonely is a subjective experience, and so can occur even when you're surrounded by friends.
Take more time to form meaningful relationships, reach out to people, and take part in social events. Long-term exposure to loneliness can probably be prevented through habitually ingrained patterns of reaching out and resolving feelings of isolation as soon as they occur.
Significant life events, abuse, and conflict are risk factors for depression. LGBT people are disproportionately and highly affected by mental health issues due to minority stress. (1) Ireland is not great at dealing with mental health. (2)
According to WebMD, prevention includes:
- Find ways to handle stress and improve your self-esteem.
- Take good care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly.
- Reach out to family and friends when times get hard.
- Get help if you think you’re depressed. If you wait, it could get worse.
This is not very helpful.