Have you ever felt alone? I mean really really lonely? 34 million people are socially isolated in the EU (Eurostat). They do not see their family. Not even once a year. Loneliness is affecting all of us. Old or young, from all nationalities and all social backgrounds. What you might not know: loneliness is a greater concern among young than elderly. 18-34 year old people are more likely to feel alone and to feel depressed because of loneliness than the over 55-s (Mental Health Foundation). Furthermore chronic loneliness can cause severe health problems. Chronic loneliness is harmful to your body. It is worse for your body than obesity, equivalent to smoking 15 cigarets a day or being an alcoholic. Furthermore social isolation increases the risk of heart disease by 29% and stroke by 32%. Loneliness is linked with depression, stress and suicidal behavior. Especially in cities people are more and more alone. We are more connected than ever but experience less meaningful social contact!
Loneliness can happen to all of us. Even you and me. The feeling of loneliness can become a vicious cycle. It then gets even more difficult for people to reconnect with social life. We want to change that!