What does loneliness look like


30 mins


14-25 years






The aim of this activity is for young people to choose the photo that relates to what their personal understanding of loneliness is. The young people will then try and measure their loneliness against each other using the scale of loneliness.


Young people will recognise that there are different forms of loneliness. Be able to share perspectives about how loneliness feels different to every individual. Discuss and debate the 'scale of loneliness' and decide whether it is right to measure these feelings of loveliness against each other.


Pens, paper and printable resource below.

Activity instructions

Lay out the pictures on the table in f ront of the young people.

Get the young people to discuss and think about what each picture means in terms of loneliness.

After everyone is aware of what the cards mean, ask the young people to choose a card that either applies to them, or what they think loneliness is most likely to feel like.

Young people can also draw their own picture, if they don’t feel that any of the resource pictures relate with them.

Ask the young people to create a ‘scale of loneliness’, one side of the room is the ‘least lonely’ and the other side would be the ‘most lonely’. The young people should then stand where they feel their loneliness fits on the scale.

Lead a discussion or debate on this subject. Which images depict the ‘most lonely’ or ‘least lonely’ feeling? Is it right to measure these feelings against each other?
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Please feel free to download the activity resources. All documents are editable and can be adapted for your bespoke session.