Authors: Tracey Cairns, NSW
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: SOCIAL JUSTICE, SOCIAL INCLUSION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
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.