It is official. Britain has appointed its first Minister For Loneliness. No, this is not a story taken from the Onion but an acknowledgement by our friends across the Pond that being lonely can trigger a wide range of physical and mental health issues. Researchers have found that one in ten people in England face isolation. More than 9 million people report feeling often or always lonely. Brigham Young Psychology Professor, Julianne Holt Lunstad, says, “Having weak social connections is considered to be as damaging to one’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.” Eight out of ten caregivers say they, too, feel lonely or isolated.
Our Note: Our senior citizens in this country truly are our national treasure. Their experience and lifetime learning are invaluable assets that young Americans could and should tap into on a consistent basis. Those who are affected by loneliness need our support and access to mental health counseling. Bravo to our English cousins for officially recognizing the challenges facing this segment of society.
Source: huffpost.com Source: Sky News Source: Gary R’nel
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