Tips and advice for children aged 11-13

Do you sometimes look happy on the outside but feel lonely on the inside?

It's normal to feel lonely sometimes or to feel like you're all by yourself.  

If you ever feel this way, it doesn’t mean something is wrong with you. But it’s important to know and remember that there are people you can speak to and things you can do to help you feel better. 

Everyone can feel lonely, even young people

Anyone can feel lonely, no matter how old they are, what gender they are, what ethnicity they are, or who they love. Loneliness can happen to anyone. 

Everyone's different, and loneliness can happen for lots of reasons.  

Maybe you're going through big changes like moving to a new school or finding it tricky to make new friends. It's tough to open up about those lonely feelings, especially if you feel like you don't fit in. 

Whatever is causing you to feel lonely, opening up to an adult you trust can help you feel better.