Yes. The first ever minister for loneliness has been appointed by British PM Theresa May to tackle the isolating misery affecting Britons. Figures from Royal London Insurance show an increase of 12 per cent over five years at a cost to councils of £4million in 2015-2016.
He has been patron of the group since it was set up and on Wednesday he attended one of their meetings for the first time. "Experiencing loneliness tells us that there is a gap between our need to connect and the reality of the connectedness that we have at that moment", said Ms. Reeves in in the House of Commons late past year. He said: "When I had my chat show it was always easier when I had three women guests together".
- Based on your own experience and from what you've read, what do you think is contributing to society's growing problem of social isolation?
Photo Tracey Crouch, left, Britain's under secretary for sport and civil society, is to coordinate the government's response to loneliness.More news: Australian Open: Roger Federer breezes into fourth round with straight-sets win
Last year, a British commission found that almost nine million people in the country either often, or always, feel loneliness - a condition that can have harmful health repercussions. Having weak social connections is considered to be as damaging to one's health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to Brigham Young University Psychology Professor Julianne Holt Lunstad.
"I am privileged to be taking forward the remarkable work done by Jo Cox, the Foundation and the Commission". "The challenge we now face is what can be done about it".
They recommended putting the issue within the remit of a Minister and the need for a United Kingdom -wide strategy for tackling the issue, alongside greater work at the local government and community level, too.
It could be associated, he wrote, "with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and anxiety".More news: Olympic Gymnasts Testify Against Pedophile Doc Larry Nassar: 'The Tables Have Turned'
Among those who are disabled or take care of the disabled, loneliness is particularly stark, research suggests.
A former United States surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review past year arguing that loneliness needed addressing in the workplace.
"A lack of understanding and awareness of disability is also a significant obstacle to making connections and forming friendships", he said.More news: Olympian Jordyn Wieber testifies: 'I am a victim of Larry Nassar'