This report suggests that loneliness among the young, today, in our country is a real issue. Indeed in our urban spaces, where stimulus is rampant, loneliness actually approaches the status of pandemic. Focussing on our capital, this research explores the causes of loneliness and its impacts. It helps us understand the difference between being lonely and being alone.
There is no one formula for helping people overcome loneliness and battle their anxieties. The challenge is for social leaders to find solutions which work for their particular beneficiaries and local communities; to ‘go with the grain’ of twenty first century human nature. And then we look to government – national and mayoral – to look to scale up and bring into the mainstream some of these approaches.