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UK Appoints A Minister For Loneliness Amidst Concern Over Growing Isolation

UK Appoints A Minister For Loneliness Amidst Concern Over Growing Isolation

"I want us all to confront this and take action to address loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, those who have lost loved ones - those with no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with", May tweeted.

The issue prompted Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday to appoint a minister for loneliness.

In its report, the Jo Cox Commission also suggests the United Kingdom develop a nation-wide strategy for combating loneliness, develop a new national indicator to measure progress on loneliness issues, annual reporting on the problem and calls on local mayors, politicians, business leaders and volunteer groups to engage in the issue.

'It's proven to be worse for health than smoking 15 a day, but it can be overcome and needn't be a factor in older people's lives, ' he said.

A former United States surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review previous year arguing that loneliness needed addressing in the workplace. Stating that loneliness is associated 'with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression, and anxiety, ' he called for a more serious involvement with the issue.

As Peter Walker at the Guardian reports, Tracey Crouch, who most-recently served as minister for both sport and civil society, will lead a cross-governmental group responsible for creating policies to address the growing problem.

Two West Leeds community organisations working to prevent loneliness have attended Prime Minister's Question Time and a reception at 10 Downing Street.

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The appointment comes after the Jo Cox Commission, which published the study findings on loneliness in the country, gave the government recommendations on how to tackle the problem.

The Jo Cox commission is named after Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox, who was a prominent advocate for tackling the issue of loneliness in the country.

Crouch said she felt privileged to be taking forward the work begun by Cox: "I am sure that with the support of volunteers, campaigners, businesses and my fellow MPs, we can make significant progress in defeating loneliness".

"She would be delighted by Tracey Crouch's new job as minister for loneliness and would be saying 'let's get to work!'" the Foundation added.

"Jo said that she wanted to "turbo-charge" our response to loneliness", the report states.

Bramley Elderly Action and New Wortley Community Association are among the key organisations in helping to prevent loneliness, which can people of any age can feel, in West Leeds.