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Consumer Articles and Media Mentions
  • Harvard Crimson op-ed “Harvard Time Runs on Loneliness”
  • Forbes article “Loneliness Linked To Negative Social Media Experiences, Study Finds”
  • CNN report “Loneliness peaks at three key ages, study finds — but wisdom may help”
  • The Atlantic article “To Prevent Loneliness, Start in the Classroom”
  • Wall Street Journal article “The Goal: Longer Life With Less Loneliness. When older patients feel more connected, they often stay healthier; now health-care providers are taking steps to help them feel less alone.”
  • Psychology Today cover story “A Cure for Disconnection.” Loneliness is a problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life. But while its roots are complex, remedies may be within reach.
  • Harvard Business Review cover story “WORK AND THE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC, Reducing isolation at work is good for business.”
  • Forbes article on research presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association underlines the connection between loneliness and a premature death.
  • New York Times article on the isolation and loneliness facing caregivers and the damaging health repercussions they can experience as a result.
  • Workforce article on workplace isolation and loneliness as a growing workplace wellness concern.
  • NPR podcast “Midlife Friendship Key To A Longer, Healthier Life”
  • The Washington Post article “Loneliness grows from individual ache to public health hazard”
  • CBS Detroit article– “The Public Health Plight That Doesn’t Bleed: Loneliness”
  • Everyday Health article where Sanjay Gupta reviews the evidence that loneliness should be treated as a chronic illness and considers steps individuals can take to relieve it.
  • Everyday Health reviews the research that loneliness has serious and negative health effects on the body, not simply a matter of mind or mood. 
  • Slate article by Jessica Olien on the growing evidence that loneliness poses health risks comparable to other mortality risks like smoking and obesity, incorporating scholarly and popular sources, as well as her personal story.
  • The Independent (UK) examines the loneliness epidemic in the UK, especially among older adults, and the governmental and charitable efforts to combat it.
  • Time Magazine reports on a 2015 study that loneliness increases mortality risk by around 30% percent, interviewing the author of the study, and calling loneliness the “next big public health issue.”
  • Live Science reports on a meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, where the negative biological effects of loneliness were presented, reviewing the research and interviewing its author. 
  • Forbes article on the uptick of suicide among older adults, and considers the economic downturn and lax gun control possible causes. 
  • Huffington Post article discusses loneliness as a growing public health concern, reviewing several recent studies its physical and psychological health effects. 
  • Guardian (UK) column about the deadly health effects of loneliness, and how technology may be responsible for this “age of loneliness.”
  • Guardian (UK) article detailing seven ways to end loneliness, from personal steps to governmental policy changes. 
  • The New Yorker discusses the growing evidence that the internet and social media increase feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety. 
  • The New Yorker feature by Nathan Heller about the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness, incorporating research and personal accounts. 
  • University of California San Francisco story on the innovative incorporation of art as medicine at the USCF Medical Center, giving historical perspective on the research on creative expression as healing, and discussing the specific problem of loneliness.
Scientific Research & Studies

Media Mentions and Events

Here’s a collection of our recent awareness activities that spotlight the public health crisis of Loneliness and how creative expression can be a catalyst to forming authentic connections.

UnLonely in the Field: NAMI Maine

  John Donne’s now-ubiquitous phrase “No man is an island” still holds true today, nearly 400 years after its initial publication. For those living in the largely rural state of Maine, one of the least populous in the country, it’s a particularly poignant line. One in...

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Survey Results Underscore the Importance of Connection

Watch how the production came about.(note: auditions have closed) Watch the musical.'Hemophilia: The Musical' Participants and their Caregivers Surveyed to Assess Impact of First-of-its-Kind Workshop and Theatrical Production for Teens with a Bleeding Disorder LOS...

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UnLonely in the Field: Princeton Design Class

As the conversation around loneliness gathers steam, particularly vulnerable populations have begun to be identified. College students, who are often thrown into new social environments while simultaneously juggling demanding workloads, also battle the expectation of...

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Loneliness Article in Princeton Alumni Weekly

Bye, Bye, Loneliness “Loneliness won’t just make you miserable,” Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH says. “It will kill you.” Excerpts from an article written By Deborah Yaffe in the Princeton Alumni Weekly Photo: Graham MacIndoe JEREMY NOBEL (Class of '77)— PHYSICIAN,...

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Option B There for the Holidays

The UnLonely Project founder Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH was featured in this article for OptionB.org, the site built in conjunction with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book Option B.  OptionB.Org is dedicated to helping you build resilience in the face of...

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Being UnLonely: Psychology Today

Connection to Self and Others: A Critical Aspect of Recovery Why authentic and healthy relationships are essential to overcoming addiction. By Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH As published on PsychologyToday.com  This column will be a space for us to examine the...

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Writing as an antidote for loneliness

As posted on the Harvard Health Blog... Writing as an antidote to loneliness Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH Contributor   It may not seem possible to be able to write your way to better health. But as a doctor, a public health practitioner, and a poet myself,...

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Listen Now!

On the radio: Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Founder and President of The Foundation for Art & Healing, joins host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm

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