“u the last three months, the only living thing I touched is a dog. ”
For people living alone like Jan Maddox, 71 years of age, the risk of loneliness in the lock are significantly larger, according to the data.
Boris Johnson has announced that in England, adults living alone or single parents can form a “bubble of support” with another household.
But this is not the case in Wales, Cardiff Bay, saying that no changes will be made when it will be safe to do so.
And Jan, whose partner lives in the Midlands, began to fight.
“I had a social life wonderful “, she said.
“was always with friends, pub quiz, music – everything. Everything stopped. It was a time very lonely.
Jan, of Newport, is one of the nearly eight million people in the Uk who live alone. They are a group with a significantly higher risk of loneliness during the lockout.
“I have a lot of texts from friends, and the people sound, from this point of view, it was really good,” she said.
“At the beginning, we did pretty well. But now, we’re three months in … and I think that mentally, we are a little tense.
The next review locking in Wales is planned for 18th June, but it is not clear whether there will be similar measures of support to the bubble.
New data from the ONS showed that working-age adults living alone are more at risk of loneliness to lock the elderly, and those aged 16 to 24 years more than two times more likely to have known that those aged 55 to 69 years.
Craig Johnson, 29 years old, lives in Cardiff and said there is a “tension” between what people living alone would like to see on an individual plan, and that ” the thing social collective should be “.
“e live alone in a small apartment. In normal times, I would be in large part just go home to eat, then go home to sleep.
“The rest of the time, I work in an office with colleagues, with friends either in a pub or in a restaurant or a café between friends, or friends come here to eat.
“Vas-y of march, each part of which has made my happy life, all the positive things to look forward to during the week are the kind of things that are not now permitted – and with good reason. My whole life has been a social contact and close non-essential.
“From the point of view of public health, I support the fact that they are not allowed. But it is a little of what I do, if everything I did was a good thing in my life, I can’t do this now, this has implications for the way in which you feel happy and mentally healthy.
“Drain I think that’s the word. ”
Craig said he was largely supportive “the more prudent approach” of the welsh government.
He added: “The british government has spoken of corridors quarantine between the Uk and other countries so that people can have a holiday in Portugal or Spain. I looked at this thinking: “I have not had a hug for three months. Can we balance a little bit the priorities?
For Julia Lloyd, 66, who lives in the interior of Colwyn Bay, the differences in the rules of interlock between the England and the Wales have made things much more difficult.
“ou choose to accept it, you accept it, you accept it. But when you hear what England you think, ” hang on a minute. Why can they do this and I can’t?
Julia said before the lockdown, she had a ” social life really good “, but felt “really off” since then and has experienced bouts of anxiety.
“Since I live in the country and that I don’t have neighbors – I don’t see any other human being. For 14 weeks, the only other person I’ve seen is the postman or a deliveryman of food.
“I have a few days, I’m so low that I spent half the day crying, because I don’t see when I’ll be able to see people or do anything.
“I am alone, I do not see anyone. All I see is sheep.
“I sometimes have the impression of being punished for having complied with all the rules and regulations. “
Mental health crisis
Simon Jones, head of policy at Mind Cymru, said : “The pandemic of sars coronavirus is as much a mental health crisis, a crisis in physics.
“People are really struggling with the isolation, stress, grief, financial worries and fears for the future.
“People who live alone, have been particularly affected by the confinement, and we know that loneliness is a real problem. ”
He said that he is “particularly important” to reach out to the people who live only in this moment.
“A good starting point is to ask them how they are, and what support they need, and listen without judgment to their answer. “
Before the start of the lockdown, the welsh government has launched a strategy of loneliness, including a fund of € 1.4 million over three years to help them cope.
Julie Morgan, deputy minister of Health and social Services, said that 440 000 euros this year were given to a programme to combat loneliness among older people in time – by linking them with volunteers to speak to every week.
But it was recognized that the solitude during the containment is a problem that affects particularly young people.
“Obviously, the physical health of the people is the main concern. But we are aware that the longer it lasts, the more it has effect on the mental health of the people.
“All the decisions that we make are therefore a fine balance between these two – we try to do everything in our power to mitigate the loneliness and the inevitable mental health problems that result from it. ”
A spokesman for the welsh government said: “ministers are reviewing all the restrictions in place at each review period – and then decide what, if any, can be changed.
“Our goal is to help save lives. ”
Policy Wales is on BBC 1 Wales at 10:15 BST on 14 June