So three cheers for Tracey Crouch, the UK's very first minister for loneliness
An NSPCC report revealed that in 2016-17, Childline counselled over 4,000 young people about loneliness
That is why I welcome the Government's decision to appoint Tracy Crouch as its Minister for Loneliness
More than half of Welsh people (54%) said they experienced feelings of loneliness
Launching the draft strategy and consultation earlier this month, Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman said:"Social isolation and loneliness
can affect anyone - at all ages and stages of life.
Jo was right when she said that 'Young or old, loneliness
Stephen McLellan, of Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) said: "RAMH and other local voluntary organisations, including ACUMEN, the Foodbank, Citizens Advice, and LEAP, have come together to use our combined resources to work with local people to understand the causes of loneliness
and isolation, but fundamentally we want to get a personal perspective of what makes people more connected.
A 2017 report said loneliness
was as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Crouch said in a statement, "This is an issue that Jo cared passionately about and we will honor her memory by tackling it, helping the millions of people across the UK who suffer from loneliness
According to The Telegraph, the Jo Cox Loneliness
Commission, set up to tackle one of the issues the late MP cared most passionately about, recommended that the Government make a minister responsible for a national strategy to combat loneliness
She will announce that the government is accepting a series of recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness
Most doctors in Britain see between one and five patients a day who have come mainly because they are lonely, according to the Campaign to End Loneliness
, a network tackling the health threat isolation poses to the elderly.