Loneliness can impact our mental health in negative ways. Human connection is as important to our wellbeing as other basic needs.
This infosheet highlights the definition and dimensions of loneliness; its impact on mental health; the relationship between isolation and connection; and tips for coping with loneliness when it appears in our lives.
Three primary dimensions of loneliness include:
1. Intimate or emotional loneliness – the absence of social support such as a romantic partner.
2. Relational or social loneliness – the absence of extended supports such as friends or family.
3. Collective loneliness – the absence of community support such as school and work supports.
Published By: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH)
Publication Date: May 25, 2023