Scotland’s doctors urged to prescribe gardening and cooking

The BBC reports : “Prescribing patients activities such as walking, gardening and cooking can help Scotland tackle health inequality, leading charities have said. A coalition of 19 organisations are calling on the Scottish government to adopt a national strategy for so-called…
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New study: Loneliness is the greatest threat to wellbeing in Europe

“Every year, European adults lose 11.4 million good years of life to loneliness. This makes loneliness more detrimental to human happiness than any other condition under consideration.” This study come from the Happiness Research Institute: “What’s worse: not being able to…
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The Truth About … Improving Your Mental Health

This 57 minute video from the BBC ranges across a variety of subjects, including heartbeat control, diet and the gut-to-brain vagal nerve connection, exercise, passive vs active engagement with social media, loneliness, social prescribing, insomnia and more. The programme producers say:…
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‘I feel imprisoned’: why loneliness won’t be solved by national planners

“As lockdown eases, the government’s fixation on top-down strategy is risking the mental health of the loneliest citizens” A centralised approach characterises many government schemes in relation to mental health and wellbeing (the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, for…
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The Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone

This book seems appropriate in our current time of ‘social distancing’ and ‘lock-down’ – especially for those who live alone. It has been edited by Robert Coplan and Julie Bowker. The publishers say: “This reference work offers a comprehensive compilation of…
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