Day 3 – Wellbeing Collection: Loneliness and social isolation

December is a holiday period that many of us look forward to – we have a chance to connect with friends and family and have fun, but for those who haven’t got family and friends to spend the time with, or who are struggling financially, or even those who cannot take time off work, it can be a really challenging, isolating time of year.

On day 3 of the Knowledge and Library Services Calendar we want to recognise this and highlight resources from our collection, as well as signpost you to some useful websites. 



















How do I access BorrowBox?

You can access UKHSA BorrowBox on your computer or use the BorrowBox app on your mobile phone or tablet. To read titles on your UKHSA laptop, you need to ask IT to install Adobe Digital Editions.

When using BorrowBox for the first time you will need to enter your institution (UK Health Security Agency).

Your login is your library catalogue login (the login you use for the library self-issue kiosks and to view your loans / renew your books online). There is some information about your library catalogue account on our website to help you, or please contact [email protected] if you need any help.


Links to help

For people who are feeling lonely or socially isolated or who want to understand more about how to help others:

About loneliness – Mind – Mind has produced information on loneliness, including a look at the causes of loneliness and how they relate to mental health problems. There are practical tips to help manage feelings of loneliness, and signposts to other places you can go for support.

15 things to do if you’re feeling lonely | Mental Health Foundation – loneliness and social isolation are often thought of as something that affects older people, but the Mental Health Foundation acknowledges that anyone of any age can feel lonely, and in conjunction with Leaders Unlocked have put together 15 tips to help you cope.

Chatty Cafe Scheme UK is “the UK’s leading non-profit organisation tackling loneliness.” They hold face to face and online meetings for people of all ages in venues around the UK. Includes a search function to find a Chatty Café near you.


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