I called Samaritan in lockdown

With every Instagram post garnering tens of thousands of likes, it’s hard to believe that celebrities could feel lonely.

But TV presenter Scarlett Moffatt has opened up about her struggles with social media and how it’s affecting her mental health.

Scarlett Moffatt has spoken candidly about her mental health and how she struggles with loneliness

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Scarlett Moffatt has spoken candidly about her mental health and how she struggles with lonelinessPhoto credit: Instagram

On the occasion of Mental Health Awareness Week, the 31-year-old asked people who are struggling to talk about their problems.

“Sometimes it can feel like there’s a negative stigma to admitting you’re lonely, but it’s something most people have experienced at some point in their lives.

“There’s no shame in feeling alone and it’s okay to talk about it,” she said.

From the outside, it might seem like someone like Scarlett has no reason to feel alone, the Samaritan ambassador said.

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The former queen of the jungle has over 2.1 million followers on Instagram alone.

She also has 5.2 million likes on TikTok, with over 760,000 loyal fans on the platform.

But despite that notoriety, Scarlett says she’s had to ask for help during the coronavirus pandemic.

“In the world of social media, it’s not always easy to tell when people are feeling sad or lonely.

“I remember feeling guilty when I felt lonely – because for many people I have no reason to feel alone – but loneliness affects us all. The pandemic was particularly hard for many people.

“I called Samaritans for support and urged everyone else to do the same. Talking to someone who didn’t know me or who didn’t judge me really helped when I wanted to talk about how I was feeling.”

Scarlett’s honesty comes as Samaritans have seen a 22 per cent increase in emotional support calls mentioning loneliness and isolation since the pandemic began.

And it’s a sentiment that’s more pronounced among women, with call handlers seeing increases of 26 percent for women and 15 percent for men.

Additional data shows that people living in rural areas actually felt less lonely than those in urban settings.

The UK poll found that 34 per cent of residents in the London and Cardiff areas agreed that their location made them feel more isolated or lonely during the pandemic.

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It does not discriminate and touches the lives of people in all sectors of society – from the homeless and unemployed to construction workers and doctors, to reality stars and footballers.

It is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car accidents.

And men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.

Yet it’s rarely talked about, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage if we don’t all stop now and take notice.

That’s why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The goal is that we can all do our part to save lives by providing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health.

Let us all pledge to ask for help when we need it and to listen to others…You are not alone.

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That’s almost three times more than those in Norwich (13 per cent) who were the least likely to report such feelings.

Although the majority of younger people have social media platforms with hundreds of connections, there is also a generational gap when it comes to loneliness.

Over 42 percent of those aged 18 to 34 said they had felt more lonely since the pandemic, compared to 14 percent of those aged 55 and over.

As part of this year’s mental health awareness week, the Samaritans have released new tips for anyone who may be struggling to cope and who is feeling isolated.

The experts said that most of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives, and you don’t have to be alone to feel this way.

But there are things you can do to help.

1. Talk about how you are feeling

When you’re feeling lonely, talking about it can help, and opening up can help you feel empowered.

The experts said you can try sharing them with people you trust, like your GP, friends and family.

2. Be kind

Opening up to others can be daunting and you should do it at your own pace.

The experts said: “Take care of yourself and spend time doing things you love, whether it’s dancing to your favorite song, a calming movie or a walk outside – give yourself a break.”

3. Connect with others

One way to combat loneliness is to connect with people in your local community.

See what’s happening in your area and find clubs to join or volunteer with.

Being around others who have the same interests as you can help.

4. Connect online

If you can’t meet in person, there are many online resources to help bring people together.

You can take an online class or virtual meeting about something you are interested or passionate about.

5. Connect with nature

Exploring the great outdoors has proven to be a mood booster.

It can help reduce feelings of mental health and improve physical health, so try visiting your local park or even tending to your own plants or flower beds.

6. Don’t compare yourself to others

In a world where we can access everyone’s achievements and seemingly perfect lives online, it can be difficult not to compare what we have to others.

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The experts said: “Remember, most people only share and post their best posts.

“It might add to the feeling of loneliness when you compare yourself to someone else’s highlight film.”

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