“I feel lonely. I have no family, no spouse, no friends. I don’t have a job. I spend my days alone at home, talking to the walls. All my days are the same. If something were to happen to me, no one would know. I could vanish just like that, and nobody would care. This is not a life… feeling so alone… I’ve got to do something, I have to get out of this!”
Peter, 45 years old, bachelor

Breaking isolation

We often hear that solitude is the disease of the century, which results from the individualism characteristic of modern society.
In A Portrait of Seniors in Canada, a study published by Statistics Canada in 2006 shows data concerning social isolation showed that almost 10% of people aged 65 and over said they have no close friends or any friends. In contrast, only 1% of people aged between 25 and 54 said the same.

Living in isolation often means:
• Feeling distant, disconnected from others physically and/or emotionally
• Experiencing difficulty in developing or maintaining quality relationships

Do something for yourself

Easing loneliness begins by first talking about your experience. Calling Tel-Aide, available 24 hours, 7 days a week, is a start. Tel-Aide provides a listening ear with no judgement and always in complete confidentiality and anonymity.
Another step may be to explore other specialized resources available in Montreal and the surrounding area.

Feeling alone, isolated?

See the help resources available