Age UK has made available an online interactive map depicting the regional prevalence of loneliness and social isolation in the English local authorities.
Risk of Loneliness in England 2016. [Online]: Age UK, April 2016.
Loneliness: a Complex Nebulous Concept?
A recent BMJ Open article explores the numerous alternative tools for measuring loneliness and social isolation. The authors aim to supply means of classifying and comparing different measures of social relationships, with a view to promoting better (more analytical) interpretation of the literature.
Valtorta, NK. Kanaan, M. [and] Gilbody, S. [et al] (2016). Loneliness, social isolation and social relationships: what are we measuring? A novel framework for classifying and comparing tools. BMJ Open. April 18th 2016, Vol.6(4), e010799. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
An Elusive Construct With Very Real Consequences
Loneliness and social isolation are recognised risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke.
Holt-Lunstad, J. [and] Smith, TB. (2016). Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for CVD: implications for evidence-based patient care and scientific inquiry. Heart (British Cardiac Society). April 18th 2016, [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed record).
This relates to:
Valtorta, NK. Kanaan, M. [and] Gilbody, S. [et al] (2016). Loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal observational studies. Heart (British Cardiac Society). April 18th 2016. [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
2017 Launch of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is holding a national conversation regarding the scale and impact of loneliness in the UK.
Lea, L. (2017). ‘Down and anxious’ – when loneliness hits. London: BBC News / BBC Health News, January 31st 2017.
Tracey Crouch is Minister for Loneliness:
Minister for loneliness appointed to continue Jo Cox’s work. London: BBC Health News, January 17th 2018.
Time to Change Mental Health Campaign
Possibly of interest, a survey reported that two-thirds of UK adults have nobody to talk to about mental health-related problems:
Two thirds of UK adults have ‘nobody to talk to’ about problems. London: BBC Health News, February 1st 2018.