Loneliness is a major public health issue, and one that has been brought into stark relief by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although frequently associated with older people, surveys consistently show that some of the highest levels of loneliness exist among young people. For many, loneliness is experienced during periods of transition that are commonly heralded as key markers of independence – such as when they first move away from the family home to discover the new world of work or higher education. Can a better understanding of culture help institutions, families and young people find a solution that works for them?
Watch the recording of the Culture and Health webinar to explore the cultural contexts of loneliness in young people. The webinar panel was moderated by Felicity Thomas, Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health, and included.