Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Research shows that loneliness is associated with a greater risk of inactivity, smoking, increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, increased risk of depression, low self-esteem, reported sleep problems and increased stress response.
The government, having identified the scale of the problem, launched the first cross-government strategy to tackle it. The strategy refers to mobilising everyday services and organisations that people engage with, and extending social prescribing.
Lead community partner -Iain Chambers, The Bevy Community Pub
Researcher - Dr Theo Fotis, University of Brighton