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Apr 2018 | Community Wellbeing

ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND REDEFINING THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
SLOANE SWEAZEY, PSD RESEARCH

In January 2018, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Tracey Crouch to be the country’s first Minister for Loneliness. The appointment comes as the UK is facing a growing loneliness problem. Indeed, many are citing loneliness as a core concern and much greater a risk than many may first perceive. Mark Robinson, the Chief Officer of Age UK, states that loneliness can be so consequential that it can lead to death.[1] The new Loneliness Minister position is not unique, and as will be shown in this issue, addressing and acting upon community wellbeing is gaining traction at all levels of government.

 

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