The NSPCC has released figures which show that Childline counsellors delivered 4,636 counselling sessions in relation to loneliness in the year April 2017 to March 2018, a 14% rise on the previous year. Figures show that almost 80% of sessions were with girls, some of whom shared concerns about the harmful effects of social medial use and how comparing themselves to others online made them feel increasingly isolated.

Source: NSPCC: Rise in Childline counselling sessions about loneliness Date: 03 July 2018

Further information: Childline: Loneliness and isolation

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