I am here in the UK, and today, all social venues have been asked to close indefinitely. For me, this rounds off quite a difficult week - where all of my regular social contact has been cut off due to the global C - 19 crisis. I am worried that this will make me very isolated now (I am away from University at the moment, so away from a lot of people). Please could you help me write an initial message that I can use to reach out to friends I have on my Facebook list, so that I can initiate a Facebook/Skype chat with them?
I am quite a shy person, so don't really speak to friends often, but many have said that they care and I can 'always speak to them'. I sort of feel that I have lots of acquaintances, but few close friends due to my natural shyness (such as the difficulties I am having now in reaching out) stopping me from developing closer friendships.
I have drafted my initial thoughts below:
I hope that you are well? Just wondering if we could have a chat on here at some point (if you are available)? How's this C - 19 affecting you - everything feels so isolated now! I'm quite shy (socially) and having a chat with you means a lot to me!
Please could you say if this is okay to send, of if you could help me write something more concise that will help me reach out?
Thank you so much for any help.
I think loneliness for people who have autism will be a big challenge. I like you am really struggling (I do at the best of times but it’s even worse right now). I should probably try to make new friends or just people to chat to, but I’m terrible at doing so :-/ So advice from me won’t be great but if you can reach out... in fact we all should reach out and support one another a bit more really I guess.