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The "social epidemic" of loneliness needs to be tackled by a combination of government intervention and "every single one of us" playing our part, according to the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox. Kim Leadbeater was speaking after a commission set up by Mrs Cox before her death recommended that…
The UK needs a government-led national strategy to combat loneliness, according to a commission set up by MP Jo Cox before she was murdered. The final report of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission notes that nine million adults in the UK are often or always lonely and that loneliness is…
Around 120,000 older Scots could be living with undiagnosed mental health conditions caused by loneliness and isolation, charities have warned. A quarter of people aged over 65 experience depression when they feel lonely, leading to other problems with anxiety in some cases. The Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland said…
The winter deep freeze poses a "lethal" risk for people who are suffering loneliness, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said lives could be saved by people checking in on vulnerable people, including elderly relatives. NHS England warned that the combination of isolation…
Most young disabled adults have felt lonely at some point in the past year, a survey has suggested. The results expose what a disability charity has described as "the hidden reality of many disabled people's lives". Three quarters of working age disabled people, and 85% of young disabled adults (aged…
Commuters are being urged to help prevent suicides on the rail network by striking up conversations with vulnerable people. A new campaign has been launched to promote the message that suicidal thoughts can be temporary and interrupted by a simple question. The Small Talk Saves Lives initiative commissioned a survey…
Parenthood leaves many mothers and fathers feeling lonely or "cut off" from family and friends, according to a poll. As well as feeling isolated themselves, many parents worry that their children are suffering from loneliness, it suggests. Action for Children, which commissioned the survey, said that loneliness can have a…
GPs need more time to care for the nation's million older people who are chronically lonely, a leading doctor has said. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, likened loneliness and social isolation to suffering a long-term physical condition. She will tell the Royal College's annual conference…
Joanna Lumley has said technology in modern life has "intensified" the loneliness felt by elderly people. The actress, 71, said the art of "everyday chit-chat" is at risk of dying out, pointing out that people on Tube trains tend to be "staring at their screens, not looking at each other".…
Girlguides in Manchester have launched a UK first with a new badge to tackle loneliness in old people. Youngsters have been visiting homes for the elderly and sheltered housing centres to speak to senior citizens to earn the new badge. It is hoped the initiative will be adopted by other…
More than three-quarters of unpaid carers in Scotland feel lonely or socially isolated, a new survey has found. A total of 83% said they feel that way due to the pressures of caring for loved ones. Carers who report feeling lonely are almost twice as likely to have worse mental…
Four in five unpaid carers feel lonely or isolated, a new poll suggests. A survey of more than 7,000 carers across the UK found that 81% have felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role, according to a new report from the charity Carers UK. This…
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