Loneliness is more common that you might think, says psychologist Cohen — and it can affect anyone. Just a simple search of the internet will show just how much discussion there is about social isolation even within often-busy modern lifestyles.
Changed life circumstances, such as a relationship break-up, the death of a loved one or moving countries, plus physical or mental health issues, can increase risk and likelihood of loneliness, says Cohen.
Elderly people, people living with disability and people from different cultural and language backgrounds can often experience social isolation. Sometimes this can be a result of their living situations, a lack of close family ties or a loss of connection with their culture of origin, says the Black Dog Institute.
The institute adds social isolation can occur when people do not have access to transport or opportunities to engage with others and participate in their local community.