National Association for Patient Participation

Take action on loneliness

25 May 2018

We’ve launched action plans to tackle loneliness and social isolation in England, Scotland, Wales and NI.

Loneliness is now a public health epidemic and it affects around 9 million people across the UK. Loneliness and social isolation can be as bad for people’s health as chronic long-conditions.

Three out of four GPs across the UK say they see between 1 and 5 people a day who have come in mainly because they are lonely. All too often, GPs are the only human contact that chronically lonely patients have. These moments of meaningful connection matter. We want to ensure that GPs and their teams can provide the best possible care to lonely patients and help them make the right connections in their communities.

We launched action plans in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and were delighted that our calls to address this epidemic were picked by media outlets across the UK and welcomed by organisations across the health and social care sector.

However, we need your help to ensure that Governments listen to our calls and tackle this issue. Please take a few moments to write to your politicians and ask them to take action on loneliness.

All you need to do is click on a link below depending on where you live and take a few minutes to enter your postcode, name and address and send our template letter onto your politicians – it is as easy as that.

England

Scotland

Wales

NI

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