Britain appointed a minister for loneliness on Wednesday to tackle the sad reality of modern life affecting millions of people, as defined by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The minister for loneliness will deal with the day to day troubles of the modern life. As per the British Red Cross, more than nine million people say they are often lonely, out of a population of 65.6 million.
“For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life,” May said.
“I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones – people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with,” the Theresa May added.
The charity describes loneliness and isolation as a hidden epidemic affecting people across all ages at various moments in their life, such as retirement, bereavement or separation.
“Jo Cox recognised the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected…We should all do everything we can to see that, in Jo’s memory, we bring an end to the acceptance of loneliness for good.”
“Loneliness can be triggered by a life event, such as a bereavement or becoming a parent, with certain groups, such as young people and carers, particularly at risk.”