British People Are So Lonely That They Now Have a Minister for Loneliness

From TIME - January 17, 2018

The U.K. has appointed a minister for loneliness to deal with what Prime Minister Theresa May called the sad reality of modern life for too many people.

Last year, a British commission found that nearly nine million people in the country either often, or always, feel lonelinessa condition that can have harmful health repercussions.

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 onespeople 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.

Physicians have long warned that social isolation is a growing epidemic that can have physical, mental and emotional consequences. Its been associated with higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more, according to researchers.


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