What characteristics and circumstances are associated with feeling lonely?
Between 2016 and 2017, 5% of people in England reported feeling lonely according to an analysis of the Community Life Survey released by the Office of National Statistics.
The report shows that young people aged 16 – 24 were much more likely to express signs of loneliness than those who were older, and that women reported feeling lonely more than men.
The three types of people identified as being particularly at risk are those who are widowed, people who are unmarried and in middle age, and young renters who have little connection to their surrounding area.
The survey also found that people with poor health are likely to suffer with loneliness, as are those who have little contact with, or trust of, others in their community.