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Healthcare News - Loneliness 'a growing threat to public health' with one in five people in Wales affected

Posted on 22/10/2018 by

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Loneliness is a "growing threat to public health" as the Welsh Government launches a national conversation on how to tackle the problem.

Huw Irranca-Davies AM, Minister for Social Care, has said "loneliness and isolation" needs to be tackled. One in five people in Wales experience loneliness, with young people most likely to be affected.

The Welsh Government's proposed approach to loneliness is to focus on early intervention. The new proposals will focus on key areas including, skills and employability, housing, social care, mental health, and early years.

As a government, we are committed to securing the best possible health, well-being and quality of life for all people in Wales. Preventing people from becoming lonely and isolated must be a national priority for us, because it will not only improve people's lives, but it will also help reduce demand for health and social services in the future.

I am keen to hear from people living in all parts of Wales as part of this consultation process. Working together, we can ensure our communities and the social fabric that binds them together, are as resilient as they can be.

Source: ITV News