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Living with a Mental Illness

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People around the world have taken unprecedented safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing is critical for slowing the spread of infectious diseases, but we know solitude carries its own health cost: Social isolation negatively affects mental health. Some kind of social support is important to well-being. There is no right or wrong social network—people feel satisfied with different types of social circles, friends, and relationships. What matters is how you feel.

Here are a series of articles, videos and other content that we have selected to help you better understand the issue of social isolation, disconnection and loneliness for those who struggle with a mental illness. If you have suggestions on other content that you think others would benefit from, please feel free to reach out to us at

Understanding social isolation, disconnection and loneliness in people living with a mental illness

  • Seniors with Mental Health Issues (Link)
  • Understanding Mental Health as a Public Health Issue (Link)
  • Relationship Between Loneliness, Psychiatric Disorders and Physical Health – A Review on the Psychological Aspects of Loneliness (Link)
  • Combatting the Loneliness of Mental Illness (Link)
  • Isolation and Mental Illness Recovery (Link)
  • Isolation: A Double-Edged Sword For The Mentally Ill (Link)
  • Bipolar and Isolation (Link)
  • An exploration of loneliness experienced by people living with mental illness and the impact on their recovery journey: An integrative review (Link)
  • Schizophrenia, Loneliness, and COVID-19 (Link)

Helpful suggestions

  • How To Live With Mental Illness And The Loneliness It Brings (Link)
  • Bipolar Loneliness Can Be Crippling, But It Doesn’t Have To Be (Link)
  • Is Bipolar Disorder Making You Feel Lonely? (Link)
  • International Bipolar Foundation, A Letter to the Lonely (Link)
  • By Yourself? 10 Ideas to help with loneliness (Link)
  • Schizophrenia – A loneliness Factsheet (Link)
  • Social Isolation, Schizophrenia, and Your Family: When Your Relationships and Activities Are Impacted by a Loved One’s Diagnosis (Link)