Position Statement 6
Addressing barriers to social connection is central to effective action on reducing social isolation and loneliness
Lonely or socially isolated people may need help to identify and overcome a range of practical barriers and societal challenges that limit their ability to develop and maintain satisfying social connections. These barriers can range from broader structural issues, such as inadequate transport and urban design, to poor social policy. The stigma of social disconnection also remains a problem across many countries and may be fuelled by misconceptions and misinformation about social isolation and loneliness.
6.1 National, local and individual strategies for reducing loneliness and social isolation need to take account of practical and societal barriers that can interfere with making meaningful social connections across the diversity of human experiences.
6.2 Greater attention is needed from all stakeholders to monitor and respond to inaccurate information about social isolation and loneliness.