Call to power

Gabrielle Lis

Friendly telephone contact from laypeople with no psychological training alleviates loneliness, depression and anxiety in housebound adults, giving employers more incentive to stay in touch with workers who are off work due to injury or illness.

After a year in which people all over the world lived through unprecedented at-home lock-downs, many of us have an increased awareness of the toll that social isolation can wreak on mental and physical health. Put simply, loneliness hurts. It makes us more susceptible to serious medical problems like stroke and heart disease. It’s been linked to anxiety and depression. In fact, a rigorous meta-analysis estimated that a lack of social connec...

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Published 18 March, 2021 | Updated 06 April, 2021