Real-Life Footage Shows The 'Magic' That Can Happen When You Meet Your Neighbours

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Only half of us know the names of our neighbours, but a new campaign is aiming to change that by bringing community spirit back to Britain. The initi...

Research Is Critical To Addressing Rising Levels Of Self-Harm

Dr Dickon Bevington | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Dickon Bevington

More research must be carried out into why exactly we are seeing such a dramatic rise in self-harm amongst teenagers and young people, and the real rate of prevalence amongst young people.

Loneliness: An Appeal for Understanding

Arthur Peirce | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Loneliness is not an illness. Like dehydration or hunger it is the body's call for something crucial it lacks, though like an illness it can be debilitating to an individual, stripping them of their happiness and self esteem, not to mention potentially dangerous physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure. It is recognised and certifiably dangerous, and loneliness isn't nearly as talked about as it should be.

Loneliness Isn't Just A Feeling - It Could Be Built Into Your DNA

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech

Genetics are at least partly to blame for life-long loneliness, according to the largest ever study of the personality trait’s heritability. America...

If Governments Only Cared About Happiness, What Would They Spend On?

Izzy McRae | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

Finally, as individuals, we can attempt to tackle the issues of adaption and comparison directly. We can try to avoid comparing ourselves to others, and try to adapt to negative things quickly while staying appreciative of positive things. But governments can't do this for us. Or can they? Possibly through education, but I think I'll tackle that another time.

We All Get Lonely Sometimes - Why Does It Feel So Shameful?

Chris King | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris King

In a society where image often matters more than substance, people must make more of an effort to understand loneliness. Nobody chooses to be lonely. Human beings cannot help being introverted, shy or quiet. To finally combat the so-called last taboo, we could all do with remembering this.

The Role of Science Fiction In the Future Of Our Health

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Tech
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

Every year, sci-fi blockbusters offer various perspectives of the future of the human race. As familiar yellow lettering soars across star-filled skies once again, more than just the force should be awakening. Science fiction works such as The Illustrated Man and WALL-E have provided stark projections of the future, and we may be carelessly heading straight for them.

The Struggles of a Depression and Anxiety Sufferer

Bradley Cates | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

What I am saying is try your best to talk to someone, but also don't not talk to anyone. Otherwise, you'll end up feeling worse. I want to say that I wish I had talked about my personal problems earlier in order to get rid of this burden before it got worse - but how can I regret something that is immensely difficult to do?

Initiatives to Tackle Loneliness

Davina Ludlow | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Loneliness has a severe impact on an older person's quality of life and leads to illnesses such as depression and a deterioration of cognitive ability. It is said that loneliness and isolation have a greater effect on mortality than other risk factors such as obesity, and are just as bad for your health as smoking.

Half A Million Older Men Suffer From Loneliness, Charity Warns

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Almost a third of older men who have long-term health problems are lonely, according to a new report from Age UK. Over the next 14 years, the charity ...

Why I Befriended A 90-Something Widower On Holiday (And the Valuable Lesson He Taught Me)

Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

On Monday I returned from a 10-night holiday in Crete and I found it to be a pretty life-changing experience. Not for the endless sunshine and cocktails, or for the beautiful sunsets. Not even for the many stray cats that I managed to feed during my trip. It was life-changing because I met an elderly chap called Ken.

It's Time We All Benefit From Demographic Change

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

"We're all living longer". You'll have heard the phrase trotted out to explain everything from the rise in the state pension age to the challenges facing the NHS.

Stay Connected

Esther Dark | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Dark

In our modern life, loneliness is booming. The dining room table is an object of the past, we touch our phones more than touching one another and social media has become a replacement for human interaction.

Robots, Love, and Loneliness - in the Music of Damon Albarn and Hot Chip

Max Harris | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Max Harris

The albums - though different in their musical influences and rhythms - also share the view that love may be the antidote to this epidemic of loneliness.

Lost for Words

Caragh Little | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I haven't written for ages. I've written almost nothing this year, apart from work-related items and to-do lists. It's not so much that I gave up writing for Lent as that writing gave up on me... there's been so much going on that I have struggled to find the words to quantify it all.

I Care for Someone with Alzheimer's - But Who Cares for People Like Me?

Chris King | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK
Chris King

Being a carer does not come naturally to me. My mum's inability to perform theoretically simple tasks often frustrates me. Every time I find myself getting annoyed, or expressing my irritation, I feel enormously guilty. I know that none of this is her fault, but the bitterness rises in me every time I go home.

How to Be Alone

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I'm not lonely but I am alone. A fifty-something divorcé who has gotten used to her own company. This makes me as attractive as Lucrezia Borgia to men who ultimately don't want too much of a challenge in their romantic life.

Five Warning Signs Your Loved One Needs Care

Davina Ludlow | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Davina Ludlow

Moving a family member into residential care is never an easy decision, it is a difficult step to take both emotionally and practically. Sometimes however, it is the best way to guarantee your loved one's health, safety and happiness.

Motherhood: You Are Not Alone

Laura Powell-Corbett | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Powell-Corbett

I've just found parenting these past few weeks really, really tough. I know that it will pass. I know that the good outweighs the bad. But the one thing that really made me feel better was the big hug my friend gave me. And the words she spoke

Loneliness in Motherhood

Jane Newman | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jane Newman

A happy mother will find her happy medium and in doing so avoid becoming lonely. Everybody will have a different idea of what this is, but as long as they reach this goal, they are less at risk of becoming lonely.

I Restore Myself When I'm Alone

Diana Moran | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Moran

It was the iconic Marilyn Monroe who said "I restore myself when I'm alone". Despite living until she was just 36 this message has been an echo to me throughout my life. And now, a happy, healthy 76-year-old woman I can share that, until recently, I'd never fully understood the meaning of the phrase.

11 Realities of Single Motherhood

Ella Davis | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Parents
Ella Davis

My son's giggles are the best sound ever - fact. We often have a boogie. Or tickles before bed. If I had a partner I'd have less time for this. What's more, because of all the things we are missing out on I make extra effort to fill the house with laughter.

Your Need for Privacy Could Be Hurting You

Liberty Forrest | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

Most of the time, when people say this to me, I'm surprised. Not that they've said it (and it's lovely that they do), but that it's their perception that I've done something unusual, or at least, something unusual enough that it warrants commenting on it.

So Lonely

Lisa Edwards | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

I sat there listening to the stories of 70 and 90-year-olds still yearning for the company of their spouses - one keeps his wife's ashes in a bag on the chair next to him - and thinking about my own mother's story. Her husband died when she was my age, and her life pretty much folded. By choice.

This Christmas Let's Ensure No-One Is Feeling Isolated and Alone

Luciana Berger | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Our understanding grows all the time about the links between loneliness, mental and physical health. The Marmot Review, conducted under the last Labour government, showed that people who live isolated lives are five times more likely to die early than people with a strong social network. According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, loneliness is as dangerous to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and more dangerous than obesity. Medical studies show a clear link between loneliness and dementia, high blood pressure, and suicide.