Loneliness, Isolation As Bad For Health As Chronic Diseases

Short days of winter, festive holidays can amplify feelings of loneliness

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The festive period can “amplify” feelings of loneliness, a top doctor warned as she encouraged people to connect with others in their communities.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, warned that loneliness and social isolation can be as bad for a person’s health as chronic diseases.

She encouraged people to be “good citizens” and connect with friends and neighbours in a “meaningful” way.

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