Feeling lonely at university is very common and nothing to feel ashamed about. Entering into this level of education can bring with it new situations and stress. Whether this relates to being away from your family and friends for the first time, struggling with a new culture, integrating with peers younger than yourself, or struggling to socialise due to a long commute, everyone can experience loneliness and you are not the only one.
Please bear in mind that you do not need to be alone to feel lonely. A sense of belonging and togetherness is integral for building meaningful relationships with people. You may interact with lots of people on the surface, but if you don't have a true connection with them, loneliness is still a risk.
Feeling lonely is not in itself a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Having a mental health problem can increase your chance of feeling lonely, and feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health. Please contact the Wellbeing team if you feel like the loneliness or isolation you re experiencing is getting too much.
The Wellbeing team offer many different services that can help you overcome your anxieties, such as Silvercloud, an online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programme that can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
Adventure off Campus is a brilliant scheme that connects students whilst participating in adventures and activities across the North-East. From kayaking to a country side walk, there is something for everyone... and it's free!
The SU runs a brilliant Buddies scheme which pairs students to one another based on shared interests, preferences, and area of study. This is a great platform to meet people if you are looking to connect, make some new friends, and learn about the University and the wider area of Sunderland. Beyond the buddies scheme, the staff at the SU are very friendly and organise social events for students regularly.
Find a list of their scheduled events here.
Starting from October 7th, the Samaritans will be hosting drop-in sessions located at 1st Floor Edinburgh Building, Student Support Services on the first Monday of every month. They will be available to discuss loneliness and how to deal with the feeling. From 10:00am - 16:00pm feel free to come along and discuss any problems you may be having.
To book an appointment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 0191 515 2933
Visit their website for more information on how they can help.