Feeling lonely isn’t in itself a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Having a mental health problem increases your chance of feeling lonely, and feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health.

Although most people need social contact to maintain good mental health, everyone has different social needs. You may be content with a few close friends, or you may need a large group of varied acquaintances to feel satisfied.

Being alone is not the same as being lonely. There is nothing wrong with being on your own if you are comfortable with it.

And please remember that whilst social media has tried to bring us closer together, at these times it has left us much further apart. Do not attempt to compare the inside of your life, to the outside of everyone else’s.

Therefore, at Dads Unlimited we understand all too well that after family breakdown, and with the stress of everything else that is going on, loneliness can creep in before you know it.

Therefore, we have our Support Group Meetings so you have something to look forward too; or just an opportunity to talk to other people probably going through, or feeling the same as you.

This is how connections are made with the outside world, to allow some light into your darkness.

And at Dads Unlimited, we really care about what you are going through not with empty platitudes, but with empathy, compassion and understanding.