Last December was loneliest month for children contacting Childline
Many children and young people struggle with loneliness and isolation. During the pandemic, with schools closed and children forced to stay home, these feelings were heightened for many young people. Childline counsellors have also found these experiences were more prominent over the festive period last year when households were unable to mix.
From April 2020 to March 2021 there were 6,039 counselling sessions about loneliness, marking an all-time high for a single year. This is an increase of nearly half (49%) over the past four years.