Loneliness Is An Urgent Public Health Issue

Michelle H. Lim

The Australian government announced in yesterday’s budget $46 million towards the community visitors scheme which is designed to reduce loneliness in older adults.

Earlier this year, Tracey Crouch was appointed the United Kingdom’s first minister for loneliness.

While it may seem unusual to some to have government take a role in improving our social connections, it makes sense when you consider the negative impact of loneliness not only on the individual, but also the wider community. But with increasing investment from government, how do we ensure programs intended to address loneliness are well-targeted and successful?

What is loneliness?

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