Social isolation (bullying, stress on relationships)

Social isolation is when an individual does not have contact with people by not seeing people or talking to them.  Individuals may find themselves in difficult situations that lead to social isolation such as:  

  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Being housebound
  • Disability
  • Outliving friends and relatives
  • Illness
  • Living in a rural area

It can lead to physical, emotional and behavioural problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Eating disorders
  • Addictions
  • Substance abuse
  • Violence/aggression
  • Disease
  • Memory impairment
  • Lack of confidence
  • Lack of concentration

Social isolation makes individuals vulnerable to bullying and abuse because there is no one around to protect them.  It puts a strain on  relationships because the individual loses the skill to keep a relationship active and their behaviour stops others  wanting to be with them.