DEAR DEIDRE: I’M so lonely, I really don’t even see the point of my existence.

I’ve always struggled to maintain long-term friendships.

The two friends I have are married and busy with their own lives.

I’m a 42-year-old gay man and live alone.

I enjoyed the lockdowns because everyone was living like me.

Most people were miserable, as I am every day.

I thought things might improve when we came out of isolation, but they didn’t.

I dread taking leave as I have nobody to go on holiday with.

The weekends are dreadful, too.

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It’s making me very low.

I have nothing to enjoy in life and if I had the guts, I think I would end it.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Depression is clearly setting in, but you can find your way through this.

Talk to your GP first. The simple act of telling someone how you feel can be an enormous help.

Isolating yourself will only fuel your depression, so reach for help.

And contact Calm, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, which supports men who are struggling (, 0800 585858).


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