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  • Joe Palmer

Social Isolation and Loneliness: New Invisible Wounds of War

As a result of the lockdowns and quarantines of the 2020/21 COVID Pandemic the issue of social isolation and loneliness became topics of discussion and health concerns.

There were warnings that creating lockdowns would enhance the risk of increased drug abuse, increased overdoses, child and spousal abuse, and increased suicide within the general population. Those warnings became reality as people began to feel the effects of social isolation and loneliness. ​ Once only attributed to the elderly social isolation and loneliness began appearing in young children and adolescents. Further, social isolation and loneliness appeared among some within the nation's Armed Forces. ​ Who We Serve recognizes that Social Isolation and Loneliness are topics which need to be addressed as would any "invisible wound of war". Indeed, Social Isolation and Loneliness may prevent individuals from receiving treatments for other conditions. ​ Researchers in the U.S. and the U.K. have provided valuable information in helping to cope with Social Isolation and Loneliness. Who We Serve now provides those resources for your review.

Take a few minutes to think about your family, friends or associates who may need to be contacted. Think about yourself and see if perhaps you need to reach out to end your isolation or loneliness.

Remember, it's never too late!

#lonely #socialisolation #suicide

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