COVID-19: Isolation and loneliness – is there a 'social cure'?


Isolation and loneliness are part of the mental health fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine – but what are the most effective responses to this? Is there a 'social cure'? In this podcast, Professor Catherine Haslam discusses her research into the many health benefits of social integration, as detailed in her latest book 'The New Psychology of Health', and outlines how clinicians can support their patients in this important area.


Date published: 1 May 2020

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Catherine Haslam

Audio running time: 42 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • how isolation and loneliness are linked to mental and physical health


  • why people who are more socially connected tend to live longer


  • the most effective social and clinical responses to social isolation.



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