Loneliness and Self-Isolation: Longterm Effects of the Covid-19 Crisis

Lonely person looking out of a window

With the lockdown now exacerbating people’s sense of loneliness, we spoke to VHS about the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the health and wellbeing of these marginalised groups, and the potential for a longterm public health crisis quite apart from that caused by the virus.

Voluntary Health Scotland produced a report back in November 2018 exploring loneliness and social isolation amongst Scotland’s under-represented demographics (BAME, people living in a socio-economically deprived area, people living and working in rural communities, and paid and unpaid carers of people receiving palliative care). With the lockdown now exacerbating people’s sense of loneliness, we spoke to VHS about the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the health and wellbeing of these marginalised groups, and the potential for a longterm public health crisis quite apart from that caused by the virus.

The Zubairi Report: the lived experience of loneliness and social isolation in Scotland.

VHS Briefing: Impact of COVID-19 on Voluntary Health Organisations.