Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health

Timeframe: 2018-2022

The Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health is a research network that will bring together many different relative perspectives on this topic. The network was launched in December 2018, and brings together researchers, health practitioners, charities, people with lived experience of mental ill health, and other organisations to address important mental health research questions. Researchers include clinical researchers, psychologists, social scientists, neuroscientists and specialists in the arts and in digital innovations.

The Network is intended to greatly accelerate the pace of research on loneliness and social isolation in mental health.

Topics we are interested in include:

  • how mental health and social connections relate to each other
  • whether tackling loneliness is a potential way of improving the mental health of our population
  • how to reduce loneliness among people living with mental health problems

We have already got together a network of researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds (including charities working in this field), and people representing those with lived experience of loneliness and social isolation. Over the time of the network we will be conducting new research mapping existing knowledge around loneliness and mental health, and commissioning new research projects that fund novel social and digital interventions examining the relations between these topics.