We could all do more to combat loneliness
We may not be able to solve the reasons for loneliness, but nurses are well placed to help those in their care to access support
A minister for loneliness was appointed by the government in January to continue the work started by the late MP Jo Cox.
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was set up by Ms Cox before her murder in June 2016 to raise awareness about the issue and find ways to overcome it. Now the new minister Tracey Crouch will work with the commission, businesses and charities to develop a government strategy.
The facts about loneliness in the UK are stark:
- More than nine million adults are either always or often lonely.
- Of people aged 65 and over, 3.6 million say
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