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The British Red Cross has started rolling out brand new services to tackle loneliness & social isolation and is calling for people across the UK to join its teams providing vital support for up to 12,500 adults of all ages. In response to its major research published in December, and…
Leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a brand new, Scotland-wide peer support service, to enable people to live well with HIV. Although advances in medication mean that people with HIV can now live long and healthy lives medically, they still face stigma and discrimination, which…
Many older patients with common mental health problems are not being offered an effective form of treatment, experts have said. The authors of a new study claim that elderly patients are being "under-referred" for talking therapies, despite evidence suggesting that they benefit more than younger ones. Concerns about age discrimination…
Millions of men in Britain are suffering from a "silent epidemic" of loneliness, a campaign spearheaded by the late MP Jo Cox has warned. More than one in three men feel lonely "at least once a week", while nearly three million (11%) battle feelings of lonesomeness on a daily basis,…
Thousands of youngsters are feeling lonely and misunderstood, Childline has said. The helpline provided the equivalent of 11 counselling sessions a day in 2016/17, 4,063 in total, to children and young people suffering from loneliness. The issue is usually associated with older people, Childline said, but it is getting calls…
Loneliness is on the rise with more than one in eight adults saying they do not have a close friend - an increase on previous years, according to research. Almost seven million people in the UK - 13% - do not have someone they would call a close pal, up…
Colleagues of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in her constituency, are launching a commission in her memory to tackle the "silent epidemic" of loneliness. The cross-party Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness will look for practical solutions to reduce the harm being inflicted on individuals, families and the wider…
More than half of over-50s with HIV are living in poverty, according to a new report. The study, from the Terrence Higgins Trust charity, said 58% of those with the condition are living in poverty - twice the number seen in the general population. Meanwhile, 84% are worried about their…
The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee of the National Assembly for Wales has launched an inquiry into loneliness and isolation. There is evidence that loneliness and isolation can have a significant impact on physical and mental health; preventing loneliness and isolation may therefore help to reduce demand for health…
Academics at Manchester Metropolitan University are working in partnership with Age UK Stockport to help combat loneliness for older people during the festive period and winter months. A recent study conducted by Age UK has shown that certain areas in the North West are some of the loneliest places to…
Scotland's older generations can be left isolated if they experience mental health problems, according to a new project. Age in Mind is working to identify and reduce the discrimination faced by people over 50 who have experienced mental health problems. So far the research has found the older generations experiencing…
The Duchess of Northumberland is offering tattoos and speed dating for the elderly after opening a cafe to help combat loneliness. Situated at The Alnwick Garden, which the Duchess redeveloped and opened 15 years ago, the centre will offer a range of activities from toe nail clipping to getting a…
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