Additionally, loneliness has no gender or age restrictions. Youth might be more at risk of feeling alone given their higher exposure to social media which is constantly showcasing a beautiful life veneer. Insecurity and vulnerability are huge triggers for people to start the nagging comparison and self-loathing cycle. This in turn can easily tumble into depression and/or anxiety resulting in self-medicating indulgences. Tragic to think of the number of people who might be sitting alone with that numbing drink or drug.
Teachers, this is a great time to discuss loneliness with your students. I found that my students were exceptionally willing to engage in writing to seniors, visiting retirement homes or providing a choral presentation. Given the pandemic, 1:1 visits and class visits inside a retirement/long-term care home are impossible, however, sending cards, letters, setting up a zoom visit/presentation or visiting home and presenting a collection of songs from curbside are all possible.