Try a video call
A video call can be the next best thing to seeing someone in person. A video call lets you see the person smile or pull a face while they’re talking. It also means they can show you things without having to try and describe it in words, such as your grandchild showing you their latest creative masterpiece.
Video calls do need a little bit more planning as depending on what platform is used (like Skype or WhatsApp) you may need to agree a time to talk so that you don’t accidentally miss each other.
Never made a video call before?
Online communication has moved on so fast that it can be hard to keep up with it all. If things like email, WhatsApp, Skype or Messenger leave you baffled, then help is at hand.
The Barclays’ Digital Eagles have put together an online course to help you out. It’s a free course that covers the basics of online communication and includes a quiz at the end to test your knowledge. Find it here.
Where to turn if loneliness strikes
Everyone feels lonely sometimes. Even if you feel like you have no one to talk to or nowhere to turn, that’s not true.
You’re not alone.
Clic is an online community there to help support adults with their mental health. It's free to use and gives you access to various mental health resources and the online forum where you can talk to others.
Not sure how best to start a conversation? Mental Health UK has a free download available to help you out. Click here and scroll down to the information and support section to find out more.
The Silver Line is available 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It’s a free and confidential helpline that offers advice, conversation, and can link you to local groups and services in your area. You can call them on 0800 4 70 80 90.
If you’re looking for more regular conversation, The Silver Line also runs a telephone friendship service where you’re matched with a friendly volunteer for a weekly chat.