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What communities can do to help combat loneliness

"Dialogue is the elixir of life and chronic loneliness its lethal poison". James J Lynch (A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness, 2010)

"There is a problem of loneliness that in our busy lives we have utterly failed to confront as a society, apart from the sheer cost of human unhappiness, loneliness is as bad for one's health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is worse for you than obesity because it increases the risk of heart disease, blood clots and dementia." Jeremy Hunt Oct 2013

"Feeling lonely or isolated sometimes is normal, and people do go through periods of feeling like this throughout their lives. If the feelings of loneliness and isolation begin to take over, and turn into feelings of despair, or even depression, then this is more serious". Childline June 2014

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For more information about resources on how communities can combat loneliness and isolation contact Mary Oxley  mary.oxley@hereford.anglican.org