Finally, a government that understands!
This all started when Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness--established by U.K. lawmaker Jo Cox before her assassination in 2016--pushed for the appointment of a minister that can spearhead a new policy regarding the matter.
Moreover, according to the British government’s research, around 200,000 elderly people in the U.K. have not had a conversation with a friend or a relative for over a month. Just last year, they also found that nearly nine million of their people either often, or always, feel loneliness. Prime Minister Theresa May called this “the sad reality of modern life” for too many people.
And as a response, the U.K. has appointed a minister for loneliness!
“I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones — people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with,” May said on Wednesday before appointing the minister Tracey Crouch, according to the New York Times.
It is long known how loneliness can result to harmful health repercussions. Physicians even warned how social isolation can have physical, mental and emotional consequences; and is associated with higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more, according to researchers.
“It’s proven to be worse for health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day,” Mark Robinson, head of Age UK, Britain’s largest nonprofit working with older people, told the Times.
I fervently hope this good start would lead to great results. A lot of people need that...we need that.
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