Building Connection: Moving Beyond Isolation and Loneliness in our Communities

Building Connection: Moving Beyond Isolation and Loneliness in our Communities

08 May 2018 in Isolation.

We live in a nation that would have been considered fabulously healthy and wealthy by previous generations. The scourge of infectious diseases, such as cholera and typhoid meant that in 1900 newborn babies could expect to reach just 50 years of age. Today, that figure stands at 81 years. In the same period, Britain’s annual income rose ten-fold.

Yet in 2018 we still have epidemics, although these days they are more social than physical. Health professionals talk of epidemics of stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness. 1 in 4 of us experience some kind of mental health problem each year, and 1 in 3 sick notes from GPs are issued for mental health issues.

Loneliness is said to be as damaging to our health as smoking thirty cigarettes a day. One recent study labelled Britain the loneliness capital of Europe. Disturbingly, more 16-24 year olds say they feel lonely than people over 65.

We seem to be much more able to deal with physical challenges than social issues. Mother Theresa famously said, “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.”

Many people struggle to see a hopeful way forward. Yet the church can play a key role in combatting these social ills. Last year, the Christian think-tank Theos published a review of many studies investigating the link between faith and wellbeing. It showed a clear link between people of committed faith and regular church participation, and a range of wellbeing indicators.

If these issues interest you and you want to be a part of tackling isolation and loneliness where you are, you’re warmly welcome to join in the conversation. Livability’s Community Engagement team are hosting an event to explore in more detail how developing strong and lasting relationships strengthen community bonds, and share how Livability can support churches to build community connections.

Building Connection:

Building Connection: Moving Beyond Isolation and Loneliness in our Communities

Date: Wednesday 30th May 2018

Time: 4-6pm

Venue Livability, 6 Mitre Passage, London, SE10 0ER

For more information and to book your free place, Please Click Here

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