Social Isolation and Loneliness
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.
Social Isolation and Loneliness: The New Invisible Wounds of War This paper contends that social isolation and loneliness are the box which contains the other invisible wounds of war such as PTSD, MST and Moral Injury. It cannot be until that box is opened that those wounds can be treated and eventually healed.
Reducing Loneliness and Social Isolation Among Older Adults is a short document that provides key information on recognizing and then dealing with Social Isolation and Loneliness in older adults.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has produced a landmark report dealing with Social Isolation and Loneliness.
The Center for Disease Control has information available addressing the health risks of Social Isolation and Loneliness.
Social Isolation and Loneliness are factors in suicide ideation and risk.