As Mary Ellen teaches around the country, she continues to find that loneliness is a strong contributor to depression and poor quality of life for people who experience mental health difficulties. In this book Mary Ellen has described how to develop and keep a strong support system. She focuses on the importance of personal responsibility, enjoying time alone, support groups and building networks of support. In addition she has addressed many issues that make it difficult for many people to make and keep friends. As with her other books, Mary Ellen’s research was the foundation for The Loneliness Workbook. This book was the result of a study of nearly 100 people to find out how they relieve loneliness in their lives.
This book is designed for use by those who are working on issues related to loneliness, and for their family members and care providers. It can be used as a guide for groups. While most people prefer to have their own copy, copies for care providers and libraries will make this book accessible to more people who will benefit from its use. This book also contains guidance for developing and sustaining support groups.
“Loneliness is pervasive in our fast-paced culture. Since people tend to increase their sense of emotional distress when they are disconnected from others, the effects of loneliness are a serious problem. This excellent book takes a hands-on approach to relieving loneliness and offers people hope that relationships are a path to healing and growth.”
Shery Mead, MSW
Founder of the Stepping Stone Peer Support Center
Size 6 3/4″ x 9 3/4″