THURSDAY 26 JANUARY 2023
LINKING LIVES WEBINAR – 4.30PM –6.00PM With Jeremy Sharpe
A view of loneliness and isolation and its impact on mental wellbeing
Jeremy Sharpe is the National Director of Linking Lives UK and is based in Reading, Berkshire
Effective Responses to Loneliness & Mental Health
Loneliness and mental health have always been intertwined issues and this will continue to be the case in the future. Whilst loneliness is not a mental health condition in and of itself, it can (and does) often lead to mental health problems. These can include various types of social phobia, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress. (‘About Loneliness’- Mind website). Equally, mental health problems of varying types and levels can often lead to significant experiences of loneliness and so the two issues can exacerbate each other. In July 2020, the Campaign to End Loneliness published a report called ‘The Psychology of Loneliness’ and this explored the relationship between mental health and loneliness and made a number of recommendations as to how individuals and agencies could address this growing problem.
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