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Here is a growing collection of materials and links to articles that discuss Loneliness and its impact on individuals and communities:

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  • 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.

 

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.

Psychology Today Disconnection Article

Featured in Psychology Today: A Cure for Disconnection Loneliness is so insidious: It hides in plain sight and, unlike smoking or obesity, isn't typically seen as a threat, even though it takes a greater toll on our well-being. The need for intervention is...

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Being UnLonely: Psychology Today

  How to Be UnLonely During the Holidays Coping during a season of high expectations As published on PsychologyToday.com  Why do we get lonely during the holidays? Let’s think about why we get lonely at all. Most people experience loneliness as a gap...

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Caregivers Month

  Celebrating Caregivers Month in Augusta     Caregiving is very difficult work, work that can be physically grueling and emotionally grinding. It often results in isolation and loneliness for the caregiver who, over time, increasingly withdraws from activities in...

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Center Stage: Creative Expression in Military Health

Center Stage: Creative Expression in Military Health Jeremy Nobel MD, MPH, Founder and President of the Foundation for Art & Healing, served as a presenter at the 2016 conference for the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) in Boston.  For nearly 60 years, Americans for...

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The UnLoneliness Project Launch Event

The UnLonely Project Launches with Good Cheer! The Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH) is celebrating the launch of The UnLonely Project, its signature initiative designed to address the loneliness epidemic.  A growing body of research shows that in addition to the...

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