Loneliness: An Epidemic – Avenue Magazine

Loneliness: An Epidemic

An American study released this spring showed the high rates of loneliness, with nearly half of the 20,000 survey respondents saying they sometimes or always felt alone or left out and one in four said they rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them. And, it was the youngest generation surveyed, those aged 18 to 22, who felt the loneliest.

No similar study exists for Canada, but experts say loneliness is hurting Canadians at unprecedented levels. “We are experiencing an epidemic of loneliness and isolation,” says Lisa Androulidakis, executive lead, Centre of Excellence for Peer Support and Recovery at the Calgary branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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