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Break down stigma to tackle youth loneliness – we respond to BBC Loneliness Experiment findings

Monday 1 October 2018

Forty percent of young people feel lonely, according to survey results released today by BBC.

The Loneliness Experiment, which surveyed 55,000 people, also found that young people aged 16 to 24 years old were the age group most likely to be affected by stigma of loneliness.

These findings reinforce the Co-op Foundation’s own All Our Emotions Are Important research from earlier this year, that found 65% of young people believe loneliness is a problem for people their age.

Responding to the research, Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said: “It is no surprise the BBC Loneliness Experiment found young people to be the age group most affected by loneliness and the stigma it causes. We know from our research and the work of our Belong partners that youth loneliness is widespread, particularly among groups such as care leavers and young people with disabilities. Despite this, youth loneliness is still not widely understood.

“That is why we are working with Government and our local partners across the UK to find innovative solutions to tackle youth loneliness and break down the stigma and discrimination that stops people asking for help. By working together, we can support more young people to create stronger connections with their community and build the confidence and skills they need to live healthier, happier lives.”

The Loneliness Experiment survey was devised and analysed by psychologists Professor Pamela Qualter from the University of Manchester, Professor Manuela Barreto from the University of Exeter, and Professor Christina Victor of Brunel University London.

Follow our blog to read more from the Co-op Foundation and our partners on how we are tackling the issues highlighted by the Loneliness Experiment.

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