Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said, “Being connected to others is absolutely key to wellbeing. People of all ages can experience loneliness so whether you are the one feeling lonely or you know of neighbours or acquaintances who don’t have family around at Christmas, make sure you connect with others to give and receive emotional support. As one of the recognised Five Ways to Wellbeing, connecting can help people feel supported to cope with life’s ups and downs.”
Some groups are particularly at risk of social isolation and loneliness, for example, elderly people living alone often go days without speaking to anyone and male loneliness is an increasingly recognised problem: an estimated eight million (35%) men feel lonely at least once a week and more than one in 10 men say they are lonely but would not admit it to anyone.
Councillor Stallard concluded, “Loneliness can have a serious effect on wellbeing for all ages but advice is available to help you find ways to overcome it.”