We are going through a Covid pandemic, but we are suffering an ongoing loneliness epidemic. Loneliness is killing us. The pandemic has exacerbated the epidemic.
It’s considered as dangerous as one of the greatest causes of premature death, smoking tobacco – at a rate of 15 cigarettes a day.
There is so much we can do to tackle this human, social and economic catastrophe.
THE CALL TO ACTION
So, let’s act. The primary aim of this campaign is to elevate the problem – and facilitate the solutions – by allocating it a ministerial portfolio.
One immediate way you can help is to send the email on this site to your parliamentary representatives to urge them to support our motion, set for debate on Wednesday, 17 November.
The conservative UK government did so years ago. So has Japan. There’s much more coming. We need to do it here in Victoria – indeed throughout our nation.
We can save many lives. We can improve many lives. We can save scarce public funds and cut the lost productivity to businesses.
YOU’VE GOT THE POWER, TOO
This report sets out the problem. And proposes some solutions (more below). It finds the Government has failed to implement any longer-term solutions. But each of us has the power and responsibility to help fix this. You can read the report at the foot of this page.
We hope the data and arguments here will make you angry. And we hope it will ultimately bring you and others joy by being part of making life better and fairer.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE, BUT YOU ARE AT RISK
Research finds one in four Australians is lonely. As 40 per cent of people in aged care receive no visitors. None.
HERE’S WHAT WE CAN ALL DO
Simply drop in for chat and a cupper with friends and loved ones.
Link students to older people; they both benefit hugely.
Take a break from social media if it’s becoming a hindrance, rather than an enhancer, of meaningful connection.
Volunteer. One-in four Australians (not the lonely quarter) is a volunteer at one or more of the nation’s 600,000 community organisations.
A simple smile can change someone’s day.
HOLD OUR BEERS
We’ve got this – just takes a simple yet profound human effort.
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