Imagine leaving your friends, family and career, and moving to a new continent. It’s a big adventure, but also scary.
Will you fit in, find friends, make a new life for yourself?
Shuchi, 34, faced all this when she moved from India to London with her husband.
“I suddenly felt very lonely as I moved here,” Shuchi said. “Even though London is very welcoming and I was able to settle down in this new environment very quickly.
“Back in Delhi I had a family group of around 30 people who I would interact with quite frequently. And I also had a large network of friends.
“I didn’t expect moving away… to impact me like this.”
Realising she felt lonely, Shuchi took steps to meet more people, including joining a salsa class, which gave her a lift.
“I would go… to my salsa class, where I would be surrounded by people and I might talk to everyone in the class during those two hours.
But then when it was over, “I would come home and still feel that I was not fulfilled.”