An overview of reviews: the effectiveness of interventions to address loneliness at all stages of the life-course

What Works Wellbeing, October 2018

The review sought to address the question: What is the effectiveness of interventions to alleviate loneliness in people of all ages across the lifecourse? The results from controlled study designs in community settings and care homes showed no effect of interventions on loneliness, although this does not mean that loneliness is not alleviated at all by a range of interventions. In the published literature loneliness is seldom reported as a primary outcome; it is most often reported alongside other outcomes including related concepts such as social isolation, social support, social networks, and health outcomes including anxiety and depression.

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Towards commissioning for workplace compassion: a support guide

NHS England, October 2018

This interactive guide aims to assist with commissioning for compassion, providing support via case study examples from healthcare organisations who have good practice to share.

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The Good Childhood Report 2018

The Children’s Society, September 2018

The Good Childhood Report 2018 is the seventh in a series of annual ‘state of the nation’ reports on children’s well-being in the UK, born out of a desire to fill the gap in what is known about how children feel about their lives. It finds that one in six (16 per cent) of more than 11,000 children aged 14 surveyed reported self-harming. It looks at the reasons behind the unhappiness which increases the risk of children self-harming. The report urges the Government to make sure that every child can talk to a counsellor in their school.

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Getting on… with life: Baby boomers, mental health and ageing well

Mental Health Foundation, August 2018

This report from the Mental Health Foundation addresses the later life of the Baby Boomer generation, paying special attention to what must be done to safeguard their mental health. This summary gives an overview of the report’s key areas:

  • health and wellbeing,
  • family and relationships, and
  • work, occupation,
  • retirement and financial security.

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Health inequalities: reducing ethnic inequalities

Public Health England, August 2018

This guidance to support local and national action on ethnic inequalities in health provides:

  • a summary of information and data by ethnic group in England
  • examples of practical approaches to address ethnic inequalities in health
  • case studies of local action to address ethnic health inequalities

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