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Lonely and isolated?

Too many people with disabilities in the community are isolated and lonely. Few can appreciate the impact of exclusion and profound isolation on the identity and self-esteem of people with disabilities. Always defined as 'different', always defined by lack - many people spoke movingly of the impact of being defined by others. ‘Isolated and alone’—the social experience of disability.

Getting involved in an aspect of uni life outside of your studies can help overcome the isolation that many students feel at various points during their student life. A recent federal government report recognises the prevalence of loneliness and isolation in relation to disability. Don't let loneliness, and the low self-esteem it often brings with it, get you down.

One of the strategies you might consider is linking up with others who might share interests, experiences and common ground - your 'community of choice', as it were. This is just a a taste of what you could get involved with:

  • Deaf and new to this area? Check out the latest at the Deaf Society of New South Wales. Get fellow students and staff interested in Auslan with the sign search facility on the SignBank website.
  • Beyond Blue offer help and info if you suffer from depression or bipolar disorder.
  • There is always be someone you can turn to: Lifeline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call Lifeline’s 24hr crisis telephone line on 13 11 14.