According to the Medibank research, three-quarters1 of Aussies believe Christmas can be the loneliest time of year for some, with nearly 1 in 22 saying they’ve been personally affected during the period.
While half (51%) of those suffering from loneliness said they lean on friends and family for support, 42% do nothing about their symptoms and just wait for the feeling to pass. Additionally, 1 in 53 Aussies say that while they’re aware loved ones are struggling with loneliness, they’re yet to reach out to provide support.
Medibank Chief Medical Officer Dr Linda Swan said,
“Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the festive season is a time when there’s an increased emphasis on family and togetherness -- which as a result, can heighten feelings of social isolation for some people. Loneliness is becoming more widely recognized as a serious health issue, and it’s important we as a community acknowledge this and support one another -- particularly at this time of year.”