UK appoints minister for loneliness

Signal of change / UK appoints minister for loneliness

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 10 Apr 2018

In early 2018, the UK appointed a minister for loneliness, after a 2017 report by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness reported that more than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely. Employing a minister for loneliness is one measure in a series of steps that aims to tackle loneliness in the UK, which also includes creating methods for measuring loneliness, establishing policies on the issue and setting up a fund that would help tackle the problem.

So what?

In recent years, loneliness has become a more prominent topic of conversation after its negative health impacts came to light, which include a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and anxiety. Whilst the measures put forth by the UK are encouraging, are we likely to see any tangible results, or does more need to be done to tackle fundamental societal norms that lead to individuals being isolated?

Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/world/europe/uk-britain-loneliness.html

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