The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)’s “SCIE Highlights No.3” briefing covers possible interventions to reduce loneliness and social isolation, and examines examples of good practice from the commissioning perspective.
Tackling loneliness and social isolation. the role of commissioners. [Online]: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), January 24th 2018.
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Holmes, P. [and] Thomson, L. (2018). Tackling loneliness and social isolation: the role of commissioners SCIE Highlights No.3. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) / Renaisi, February 2018.
Time to Change Mental Health Campaign
Possibly of interest, a Time to Change survey asserts that two-thirds of UK adults experiencing mental health-related issues have no-one with whom to talk about their problems:
Two thirds of UK adults have ‘nobody to talk to’ about problems. London: BBC Health News, February 1st 2018.
Social Exclusion (Clearly Distinct From Social Isolation, With Overlaps) Also Associated With Higher Mortality Risk
Complications arising from social exclusion appear to be even more extreme than those arising from social isolation. A systematic literature review and meta-analysis of 337 studies about social exclusion found that socially excluded men have a mortality rate around eight times higher than the average for other men. Socially excluded women have a mortality rate about twelve times higher than other women.
Sargeant, C. (2018). Social exclusion heightens risk of death across many health conditions. [Online]: National Institute for Health Research Signal, January 31st 2018.
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Aldridge, RW. Story, A. [and] Hwang, SW. (2017). Morbidity and mortality in homeless individuals, prisoners, sex workers, and individuals with substance use disorders in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. November 10th 2017. [Epub ahead of print].