In the lead up to our second funding call on Interventions, we ran a series of events to identify the gaps, promising areas and research priorities in different approaches to reducing loneliness, social isolation and mental health problems, both in the general population and for people with exisiting mental health problems.
Addressing loneliness in the general population
In our first two events held on 13th and 20th of May 2020, we partnered with the Mental Elf to explore how to improve social connection and mental health in the general population. You can see the videos of the talks on digital technology, built environment and community activiity approaches to addressing loneliness and social isolation and improving mental health from the first two webinars below and read the transcript of Professor Laura Vaughan's talk.
Addressing loneliness in people experiencing mental health problems
On the 8th of July 2020 we held a webinar on how to help individuals with mild to moderate mental health problems address loneliness and social isolation. This event consisted of short talks from a variety of speakers, followed by small group discussions on the gaps, promising areas and research priorities in multi-faceted approaches to reduce lonelinesss for this population.
On 22nd July 2020 we held a follow-up webinar on how to help individuals with severe/chronic mental health problems address loneliness and social isolation. This was the last in our series of online events about identifying research priorities. You can watch the recordings of the talks here.
We also invited Network members to take part in surveys to help us identify research priorities.