Battling loneliness is something that all of us will have to go through during our life, and men are no different than women in facing the challenges of social isolation. Millions of both men and women suffer from loneliness, with an estimated 3 million (11%) men in the UK feeling lonely every day, according to The Express newspaper. The reality of the statistic is that men prefer to keep their feelings of isolation to themselves and not tell anybody, even though more than one in 10 men admit to having such feelings.
For men, social isolation is a growing problem, taking a toll on both a person’s mental and physical health. The health issues that are at stake for men as a result of loneliness include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Onset of certain illnesses, such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes
- Increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%
Knowing the health risks from social isolation in men, we should do our best to come together as a community and try to make everyone around us feel less lonely.