Loneliness affects many Australians. It can contribute to health concerns including depression and anxiety, as well as physical health issues such as heart disease and stroke. There are, however, simple steps we can all take to combat loneliness in our communities.
A change in life circumstance, such as the death of a loved one, divorce or moving interstate, can contribute to feelings of loneliness. Here are some tips for recognising signs of loneliness and ideas for reconnecting with your community.