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Loneliness is often a cause of depression and suicide

Loneliness and isolation
Loneliness is often a cause of depression and suicide. This is particularly common among older people. Some solutions for the person are:
• to make contact with old friends, neighbours or relatives with
whom the person has not been in touch;
• to contact relatives or friends and invite them for a meal or social
occasion;
• to use community resources, such as clubs;
• to engage in activities that involve social contact, for example
shopping in the market;
• to get involved in hobbies;
• to use time when alone in stimulating or enjoyable activities
such as gardening or walking.

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