January saw the first “Minister for Loneliness” appointed by the government. Tracey Crouch has been tasked with tackling a significant current social issue – that of persistent loneliness and isolation. Recent figures have indicated that chronic loneliness has comparable health consequences to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, which demonstrates that this problem has implications far beyond the social aspects.
Jo Cox Commission On Loneliness
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness had previously submitted a report on this important issue to the government, which contained a series of recommendations, including the appointment of a minister to lead on loneliness. Theresa May announced that several other of the reports recommendations will also be implemented, including funding new strategies to combat isolation, and developing new measurement techniques to quantify loneliness. On the 17th of January, a Downing Street reception was held in Jo Cox’s honour, and the PM highlighted the great work the Commission do in tackling this problem.
How The Appointment May Help
Inevitably, there have been those who have suggested that the appointed of a Minister for Loneliness is little more than a gimmick. However, many working in this area have noted that they believe that this appointment is a positive step. The fact that this issue is now being addressed at a ministerial level will hopefully serve to continue the great work that Jo Cox did in this area, and to bring the issue of chronic loneliness to the forefront of peoples’ minds.
This appointment will, of course, not mean that loneliness will be combatted overnight. Isolation is an issue that has many causes and outcomes, and as such, there will need to be many solutions. But any positive work in this area must surely be a good thing, and if those interested in combatting isolation can work together, we can look to improve the lives of those people who are lonely.
How Link-ages Can Help With Loneliness
Loneliness among older generations is an issue that our app, Link-ages, strives to help solve. Our apps connect all generations of a family and provide a safe and secure space, where family members can share messages and memories including photos and videos.
If you would like to find out how Link-ages could help your family to stay in touch, visit our How Link-ages works page.