We all experience loneliness in different ways. For some young people, it’s a feeling that others don’t understand them, or that they don’t fit in. For others, it’s a sadness about not having close friendships.
Loneliness isn’t a measure of how many friends someone has. Even young people who have lots of friends can experience loneliness and isolation.
It’s natural for your child to experience loneliness or sad emotions. You might notice they become withdrawn or clingy, or that their behaviour gets more challenging.
Talk to your child about positive relationships. Keep it light – show an interest in their friends or peers, and ask how they feel about them.
Spending time with your child is can help them feel loved and accepted.