So with Covid restrictions still in place and winter looming, how can you beat loneliness? The office for national statistics ONS spoke to more than 4, people in Britain and a quarter said they are always, often or sometimes lonely. BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat has been speaking to young people about how they have tackled it - from finding friends online, bonding over Minecraft or simply calling mum.
The year-old got a flyer through her door from the charity Together Co, which has a befriending service. She contacted them and was set up with Lil, It wasn't just Lil who benefitted from Megan's weekly visits.
She says being a teen mum was very lonely as she didn't know anyone her age who was a parent. You may need to offer gentle assurance.
This will not only build closeness into your relationship, it'll also ro an opportunity to talk about their loneliness and what they need as you prepare food or share it together. It's a double whammy; it helps lonely people feel more connected to othersand also offers a venue to chat where they might feel a bit more cheerful. Focus on being an empathetic listener.
What are their day-to-day worries?
What's personally important to them? Creating or strengthening a meaningful relationship means you'll have a better basis to talk about their loneliness, and they'll be more likely to feel comfortable talking about it. Learn a new skill!
It's also valuable not to make assumptions about what they want; young moms might not want to do lots of stuff to do with motherhood or children, for instance.