Posted at 09:13h in Blog[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]“It never occurred to me that I was suffering from depression. I’d kept myself busy throughout lockdown; there were daily phone calls from friends and family. But gradually the world seemed to lose its colour – it looked a bit grey, even on a sunny day. Hobbies seemed more trouble than they were worth and I did skip the odd meal; didn’t seem to have much of an appetite. Looking back, I can see that I was missing hugs and company. Without seeing people, life was flat – depressed.” Jean, shielding alone, March – July 2020 Something very strange has happened to us all over the past few months. We’ve become wary of touching each other, whether it’s a hug, holding hands, a reassuring pat on the shoulder, or a handshake. For those that spent lockdown alone, the impact has been most acute. Francis McGlone, a professor of neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, says that living without touch has “has long-term effects on our physical and mental wellbeing”.