Charlotte Roddick was interviewed on CTV Morning Live by host Keri Adams about the health risks of loneliness

Charlotte discussed the effects of loneliness and social isolation on physical and mental health, as well as the groups who are most affected by loneliness. She provided tips for people who live alone or who might be feeling lonely.

Charlotte explained that loneliness is as much of a health risk as other well-known factors such as smoking and obesity, and that it increases our risk of conditions such as anxiety, depression, dementia, stroke, and cancer.

She described the age group that is most affected by loneliness: younger adults between the ages of 16 and 24. The vulnerability to loneliness during this time may be due to the many life transitions it encompasses, such as moving out of the parents’ home, beginning university, or starting a new job.

To combat loneliness, Charlotte cited the research led by Dr. Kiffer Card from Simon Fraser University and suggested incorporating more social interactions into your day; even small exchanges such as chatting with the barista while ordering coffee or talking to someone in the elevator with you can make a difference. She also suggested being kind to yourself and maintaining a positive social outlook, understanding that loneliness is a common feeling and not anything to be ashamed of.

The full interview can be seen above or at this link: