RECOMMENDED READING: Challenging Loneliness: Bridging The Gap Between Theory And Practice

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Authors: Tracey Cairns, NSW

Year: 2013

Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-7-5

Abstract: Loneliness is a common experience for people living with a mental illness (SANE Australia 2011); perhaps so common it has become an accepted part of illness. Anecdotal clinical experience and research (Masi, Chen, Hawkley and Cacioppo, 2011) indicates that the experience of loneliness is not a result of poor social skills; rather it reflects the complex interplay between the symptoms of psychosis, social cognition and stigma. Ensuring appropriate, multi-layered support options to challenge loneliness is a social justice issue that acknowledges the right of all to have a rich life of connection to others (social inclusion) and to have a sense of wellbeing that promotes mental and physical health.

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