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Lockdown is bringing loneliness out into the open

Lorraine Courtney


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'Some mental health advocates are optimistic that Covid-19 will finally give loneliness the mainstream recognition it deserves.' Stock image

'Some mental health advocates are optimistic that Covid-19 will finally give loneliness the mainstream recognition it deserves.' Stock image

'Some mental health advocates are optimistic that Covid-19 will finally give loneliness the mainstream recognition it deserves.' Stock image

When you picture a lonely person, it's probably an elderly woman, shopping for one.

But here's the truth: it's actually young Irish women who are really feeling the crush of loneliness.

Though you may not hear your friends talking about it, in a recent online Eurofound study, 27.5pc of Irish women aged 18 to 34 surveyed last month said they had been lonely all or most of the previous fortnight - the highest number in Europe.