Health impact

There is now substantial evidence that having a lack of social connections significantly increases the risk of premature mortality.

The risk to health that loneliness can bring is greater than those associated with many factors that currently receive substantial public health attention and resources (e.g., obesity, physical inactivity, air pollution).

We want to make sure loneliness is treated as the huge public health concern it is.

This page outlines the main research into the impact of loneliness on our physical and mental health and wellbeing.