Britain, has a serious problem with loneliness, research has found. More than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely, according to a 2017 report published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.
Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Tracey Crouch in 2018 to be the first minister for loneliness.
“For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life,” Mrs. May said in a statement. May wanted to take action to address to the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones and people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.
There are so many university students who just lock themselves in their rooms for days because they feel rejected; based on a study The U.K.’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 16 to 24 year-olds reported feeling more lonely than pensioners between the ages of 65 to 74. Technology, as well is another major factor: the internet, is seen as a source of isolation for young people, and this can lead into deep depression.
In May 2021, Japan had been another country to follow UK Decision to appoint a minister of loneliness: The Japanese Cabinet member Tetsushi Sakamoto, has been appointed Japan's first "minister of loneliness" to implement measures to prevent social isolation across different age groups, including children, young people, women and older people.
Happinass Editor Comment: Such decisions on a high level by governments give more seriousness and help to ease the situation of millions of people, who feel lonely.
By suggesting serious solutions, processed and routed through official channels on large scale, persons who suffer from loneliness will have a chance to be integrated into society again, to avoid depression and sadness, in hope for a happy and better life.