The interviews we have been conducting for our review of neighbourliness in Manchester have shown how people see their relations with neighbours in terms of mental health. Mind have just published a report based on two surveys, which draws attention to the disturbing extent of isolation and loneliness. Some 84 per cent of people with mental health problems report that they feel isolated.
"The most isolated group of people appeared to be young people (92 per cent). People in rural areas also did badly, with 90 per cent feeling isolated. Almost 90 per cent of people from Black and minority ethnic communities also reported feeling isolated, with 61 per cent of this group saying that their isolation was exacerbated by other forms of discrimination."
"Beyond social change, overcoming isolation came down to very simple solutions for many people. Human contact, made by developing relationships, social activities, mental health organisations and access to the telephone and internet all helped, or would help if available, according to Mind’s survey."