When I first realised that the sadness I was feeling was actually loneliness, I wasn’t sure where to turn. I couldn’t tell my friends and self-help books didn’t help. I felt like the only person in the world who was lonely. I went on a loneliness retreat, but that just made me feel worse. Then someone suggested that I ran a loneliness retreat and I began researching the topic in earnest. As I found out more about loneliness, I began to find ways to overcome it.
Since then, I’ve been asked to run other events and retreats, I’ve written a book: Freedom from Loneliness and I even produced an edition of the TV programme Songs of Praise about loneliness.
I was surprised to discover that there’s no national charity that offers support to people suffering from loneliness and I have a little dream that I might one day set up “All The Lonely People” as a charity, offering help and advice to people who feel lonely. In the meantime, I’ve listed books, websites and resources on this website; a blog about my own encounters of loneliness; details of face-to-face events too including retreats where you can learn about loneliness in a safe, supportive environment; and I’m hoping to add some factsheets for download soon.