You don't say why you are away from family and friends. Have you moved away? If so, you may be dealing with the grief of separating from those you love, as well as facting the daunting task of building connections in a new place. Friendships take time to develop - it can be so difficult to take that first step to reach out, and go through the process of finding out which connections will develop into friendship and support. While it is important to reach out, as Rhonda suggests, you may also need to spend some time being with yourself - pay great attention to looking after yourself emotionally, physically and mentally. What are the things you do that bring you joy, that make you feel balanced and centred? This may include making sure you're eating and sleeping well, getting regular exercise, meditating or relaxing, doing something creative - whatever is right for you. Counselling can give you the support and tools to make the positive changes you want.
If you are isolated from family or friends for a different reason - for example because you are in a relationship with someone who does not like you to spend time with family and friends - it may be important to get the support you need, perhaps through counselling, to change your situation. Internet-based and telephone services such as Lifeline - http://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/Facts—Information/Lifeline-Services/Lifeline-Services can be a place to start if it is hard for you to leave your house.
All the best, Vivienne
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