We must tackle the hidden epidemic of loneliness now - the YEP says

Social interaction is one of the most basic of human needs.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 6:00 am
The epidemic of loneliness impacts all ages - it does not discriminate. Picture: Shutterstock

It’s that reassuring phone call or a simple smile as you pass a stranger in the street.

And for so many people the pandemic has robbed them of this - especially as new local lockdown restrictions are enforced.

For many of us we are unable to mix with our friends and families .

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But for some of the city’s most vulnerable they don’t have a single person to turn to. It can be an extremely lonely place.

This week the Yorkshire Evening Post is shining a spotlight on those impacted by loneliness.

The epidemic of loneliness impacts all ages - it does not discriminate.

Today we look at new mums who are going through this life-changing moment on their own.

It has led to calls to the Government to make changes to the restrictions on maternity services amid fears for the mental health of new parents.

Safety is a priority - but this challenge needs meeting head on. Nobody should be battling this crisis on their own.

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