Mental health issues, bullying and social media are among the factors leading to a rise in calls to Childline about loneliness.

That is according to the NSPCC charity, which says it has been contacted 4,636 times in the last year.

That is an increase of almost 15% on the year before – something the charity says it needs more funding to cope with.

Service Manager Leanne Ferries said:

“These Childline figures show that although we might not think of loneliness as something that affects young people, children are increasingly seeking support from our counsellors about feeling alone and isolated.”

Childline founder, Dame Esther Rantzen, added:

“Loneliness needs to be taken seriously because it is potentially damaging to children’s physical and mental health.

“The crucial question is what is causing this rise among the young?


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