Loneliness is a state of been alone and feeling dejected and abandoned. It is a feeling of needing a company when you feel insecure or emotionally troubled. Funny enough, you can be in the midst of friends, family, and colleagues, but yet feel lonely and lost.

The renowned Catholic nun, Mother Teresa shared her thoughts about loneliness: “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” The truth about feeling lonely and dejected is the fact that we are currently living in very peculiar times. People aren’t bothered anymore about the pains and the challenges their next-door neighbor may be going through.

Modern civilization has created a huge gap in the way people relate to each other. The social media craze has worsened the already bad situation, as the desire to please and be accepted by the society has made lots of people to lose their identity.

People now choose to create a false lifestyle in a bid to be accepted by those they feel are doing better than them. When expectations aren’t met, loneliness and depression inadvertently set in. Loneliness is a silent killer because its effect is not readily visible. It eats so deep and quiet until the individual eventually gives up in life.

One of the most obvious signs of our broken world is the feeling of isolation among individuals. We can be in a sports stadium with 100,000 other people, feeling a sense of solidarity because we are rooting for the home team, but when we get in the car to go home, loneliness hits us. Our internet culture does not allow for the human interaction needed to break through our lonesomeness.

The figures for those going through different stages of depression worldwide have skyrocketed in the last decade, even as the suicide rate has been on the increase. The WHO estimates that more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression worldwide.

Overall, more women suffer from depression than men. The sad reality is the harsh economic situation globally, which has not helped ease the burden on individuals who have been forced to find a means to stay strong even in the face of insurmountable challenges.

What kills people the most, is not the state of being lonely, it is the realization that nobody cares. You feel useless and lifeless. That is the pure definition of loneliness. Loneliness corners you at night and starts eating away at every fabric of happiness in your being. What’s left is a void, that too deep to be filled. It leaves in its wake depression and pain, which eventually leads to death.

To buttress how serious the issue of loneliness is, the United Kingdom in 2018, appointed a Minister of Loneliness. Tracey Crouch has been given the mandate to help stem the tide of loneliness that is prevalent in the UK.

The 42 years old has experience loneliness and would be using her wealth of experience to great effect in the fight to help individuals become better and more productive in life and career. Indeed, poverty truly kills, but loneliness has been known to kill even more!