Social Media

A new research project between Oxford Brookes University and The Open University is investigating whether sharing photographs via social media mitigates loneliness in older people and enhances their wellbeing. The project, co-led by Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University and Dr Sarah Quinton at Oxford Brookes University, is funded…
A minister for loneliness has been appointed to help tackle the misery endured by around nine million Britons. Theresa May has backed a series of recommendations made by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which highlighted how widespread the problem is. Ms Cox, who was brutally murdered by a far-right…
The "social epidemic" of loneliness needs to be tackled by a combination of government intervention and "every single one of us" playing our part, according to the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox. Kim Leadbeater was speaking after a commission set up by Mrs Cox before her death recommended that…
The UK needs a government-led national strategy to combat loneliness, according to a commission set up by MP Jo Cox before she was murdered. The final report of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission notes that nine million adults in the UK are often or always lonely and that loneliness is…
Around 120,000 older Scots could be living with undiagnosed mental health conditions caused by loneliness and isolation, charities have warned. A quarter of people aged over 65 experience depression when they feel lonely, leading to other problems with anxiety in some cases. The Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland said…
The winter deep freeze poses a "lethal" risk for people who are suffering loneliness, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said lives could be saved by people checking in on vulnerable people, including elderly relatives. NHS England warned that the combination of isolation…
Most young disabled adults have felt lonely at some point in the past year, a survey has suggested. The results expose what a disability charity has described as "the hidden reality of many disabled people's lives". Three quarters of working age disabled people, and 85% of young disabled adults (aged…
Commuters are being urged to help prevent suicides on the rail network by striking up conversations with vulnerable people. A new campaign has been launched to promote the message that suicidal thoughts can be temporary and interrupted by a simple question. The Small Talk Saves Lives initiative commissioned a survey…
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