Theresa May

British government targets a modern public health scourge: Loneliness

British government targets a modern public health scourge: Loneliness

The country that put the starch in “stiff upper lip” has made companionship, conversation and human contact a national priority.

On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the creation of a new ministerial portfolio in her Cabinet: combating loneliness.

With more than 9 million British adults reportedly experiencing chronic loneliness — and a stack of studies documenting the corrosive health effects of such social isolation — May said it was time that a high-level government official coordinate a “first-ever strategy” to address the scourge.

May named the minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, to the role, and called on Britain’s Office...

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