Stroke can be life changing. Coming to terms with the after effects can leave you feeling lonely, isolated, and like no one understands what you’re going through. This can have a big impact on your emotional wellbeing and mental health, so it’s important to get some support.

Vicki from our Stroke Helpline shares some help and advice:

How can I reduce my feelings of loneliness following my stroke?

  • It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. You can call our Helpline and speak to someone who understands the effects of stroke. We’re here to listen and can help you to find out what support is available to you.
  • Some people find it helps to talk to others affected by stroke. Find a stroke group in your area where you can meet other stroke survivors.
  • Talk to your friends, family, GP or stroke professionals too. Let them know what you’re going through and how you feel so they can give you the support you need.

I’m housebound, what can I do to reduce my isolation?

  • Join our online community on My Stroke Guide. You can connect with stroke survivors and carers around the UK on the forums, and find advice, information and support to help manage your recovery.
  • If you are happy using social media, you can connect with other stroke survivors through our Facebook groups too.
  • If you prefer to use the phone, SupportLine (01708 765 200) also offer confidential emotional support to anyone of any age. The Silver Line Helpline (0800 4 70 80 90) also offer friendship and advice to older people.

How can I support my friend or family member who is feeling isolated after a stroke, but isn’t feeling confident enough to go out and about?

  • Be patient and remember that not all stroke effects are visible. Some stroke survivors might be left feeling depressed, anxious or have other effects such as incontinence, which might be why they don’t feel ready yet to leave the house.
  • Call or visit them as much as you are able, even just a weekly phone call to check on their wellbeing will make a difference.
  • Help them by searching for stroke groups or clubs in their area, where they are able to meet other stroke survivors.
  • Encourage them, or help them to sign up to My Stroke Guide so they can join an online stroke community.
  • Also, if your family member or friend has had a stroke, you might also be feeling lonely. Remember the Stroke Helpline is there for you too.

Call our Stroke Helpline on 0303 3033 100 or email helpline@stroke.org.uk.

Stroke News magazine

This article is featured in the Spring 2020 edition of our magazine, Stroke News. Subscribe to our future editions available in print, on audio CD, or via email.

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