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Loneliness & Wellbeing

A survey of Nottinghamshire residents found the expected relationships between loneliness and poorer physical and mental health, varying on the basis of discrimination, stigma, marginalisation and gender. Despite remaining the most digitally connected, younger adults reported greater loneliness, worse mental health, and the most barriers to accessing services compared to other age groups. Conversely, older adults perceived fewer barriers, but felt that fewer services were available to them. Importantly, a feeling of meaningful social connection within the community, families and chosen social groups leading to increased social support can be key in tackling loneliness and improving health and wellbeing. Our results showed that community connection measured at multiple timepoints provided long-lasting benefits for wellbeing.

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