Isolation and loneliness

COVID-19 – social isolation

It can be difficult to maintain social connections and stay occupied whilst practicing social isolation.

  • The Campaign to End Loneliness have a page with suggestions to combat social isolation, click here.
  • How to cope with loneliness during the coronavirus outbreak, click here.
  • It’s important to stay connected with people and stay occupied while practicing social isolation. Examples of ways to stay connected could be through…
    • Phone calls/video calls – check in with a family member, friend or neighbour everyday by giving them a phone call.
    • Make new connections – join an online class or group based on your interests of hobbies.
    • Join an online community – there are lots of online social groups and forums available to connect with others with similar interests, click here to find out more.
    • If you have an outside space in your home, make sure you sit out during the day to get some fresh air. Spending time in an outside/green space can help your mental wellbeing.
    • Try to do some physical activity – whether this be a walk around your garden, or a home workout in your house. Exercise will really help with your mental wellbeing

The NHS mental health and wellbeing advice pages also have a self-assessment, as well as audio guides and other tools you can use while staying at home.

If you are feeling lonely and want to speak to an FCN volunteer, call the helpline on 03000 111 999 or email

Urgent support: If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it’s important to get support. Get urgent support now

Farming can be a very isolating and lonely occupation, with many farm workers spending long hours alone and working in remote situations, with and alongside machinery and livestock. Lone working in agriculture is common place, and while many can value and thrive in lone working environments, it can bring with it increased risk.

Concern is growing over the number of accident related injuries and deaths on our farms. Farming remains one of our country’s most hazardous industries, accounting for 1.5% of workers but 15-20% of all worker fatalities. This can have a devastating impact on both the farming family and the farm business.

Suicide rates in farming are also amongst the highest of any occupational group. Lone working can exacerbate feelings of hopelessness when things are not going well, contributing to the onset of depression. Equally, those already experiencing wellbeing issues can be at increased risk of having accidents, especially when working alone. Implementing some simple practices on your farm may well serve to protect you and your workforce.

Loneliness can affect all people, with over 9 million people in the UK saying they always or often feel lonely.  Understanding how to cope with isolation and loneliness will help combat the fear of isolation.

Rural communities can often be thought of as friendly, family like groups, whereas this is not always the case. Particularly as younger generations move out and community events reduce, the lack of village spirit often enhances loneliness and makes people feel less connected. The following FarmWell downloadable document addresses the causes of loneliness, how to manage feelings of loneliness, and how to cope with isolation, click here to view. Download below.


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