Did you know that that 1 in 4 Australians are lonely?
Did you also know that loneliness is really bad for your health and a cause of early death?
• is as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day;
• is worse for a person’s health than obesity;
• increases the risk of early death by up to 32%.
Source: Brigham Young University, Utah in the United States, 2017
On 3rd July 2019 CCNB hosted a community conversation event tackling these issues that matter to communities. This event was part of our Community Conversation Series: Understanding the Impacts of Loneliness and Isolation, we aimed to set a pathway to build better connections for people at risk. Through our practice we are seeing that the impact of loneliness and isolation can be devastating. Thank you to Dr Michelle Lim, Swinburne University (Qualifications: BA (Hons), MPsych, PhD, MAPS) for her time and knowledge on this topic.
Dr Lim is the scientific chair of the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness and head of the Social Health and Wellbeing Laboratory, at the Iverson Health Innovation Institute at Swinburne University of Technology.
Dr Lim led the Australian Loneliness Report in 2018. Her expertise lies in understanding the impact of loneliness on health and community wellbeing.
CCNB are behind the End Loneliness Coalition and we aim to keep the conversation going. No one in our neighbourhood needs to be lonely.
Do you want to be part of our local response to End Loneliness?
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