To create a video that captured the reality of loneliness in modern Australia, we spoke to Australians from all walks of life. To help us all understand what loneliness truly looks and feels like, we’re also presenting more of their stories, so you can see the different life experiences that can cause loneliness – and how there’s hope in sharing.

Charlene, 38

Charlene shares the extreme loneliness she felt when becoming a mother and moving away from her own family in the UK, to Australia, so that her child could be close to its father.

Elizabeth, 85

Elizabeth shares her experience of loneliness during lockdown and the difficulties she has faced in getting friends to open up about loneliness they have faced.

Jei, 23

Jei shares his experiences of being lonely at school and the impact this had on his life. Since school, he has found his passion for music and found a sense of belonging.

Jemima, 19

After graduating from high school, Jemima was excited to start a new chapter in her life at University. This has been the most isolating period of her life, having felt disconnected from her friends and being unable to meet up with new people.

Melinda, 49

Melinda is a busy mother of four who speaks about how she’s managed to combat feelings of loneliness.

John, 58

John recently separated from his partner of 31 years and talks about his subsequent struggles with loneliness.

If you need help, mental health support services are available through:

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800