I’m a 54 year old dad, separated earlier in the year
I feel so isolated with few friends and am struggling to connect with people outside of work. Is there any support groups for people around my age in the Bristol area. I never realised how lonely I felt,now it’s in my face and is so painful. I now suffer have with anxiety and depression . Sometimes I just want it all just to stop rather than living this day after day
You could try checking the local paper for places to start. Look for pub quizzes where you don’t need a team, or free trial days at sports venues, or local art exhibitions. Or have you tried offering to marshall at your local park run? It’s nice being part of a team organising an event. There are details online.
Or choose a pub or cafe nearby. Buy a drink and do the crossword. Go in regularly. People will soon recognise you and start chatting
Things are easier to do if you plan them in advance so you know where you are going and don’t feel awkward. And choose local so it doesn’t seem so impossible. It sounds like you are just out of practice.