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How To Be Less Lonely

Longtime friends Su Benson-Carson (left) and Sheila Maitland meet at community center started by Benson-Carson in a neighborhood in Liverpool, England.
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Longtime friends Su Benson-Carson (left) and Sheila Maitland meet at community center started by Benson-Carson in a neighborhood in Liverpool, England.

How To Be Less Lonely Part 1

How To Be Less Lonely Part 2

A nationwide campaign is looking for solutions to loneliness.

For some of us, the holidays are full of family and friends. But this can also a lonely time of year for many. Health experts say loneliness can be hazardous to our health, though, and researchers in the United Kingdom are taking it seriously.

Join KCUR health reporter Alex Smith for an exploration of the UK's national program to address loneliness and find out what we in the Midwest can learn about fixing the problem.

This documentary was produced as part of "Loneliness Is Killing You," a reporting project made possible in part by a fellowship sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and supported by The Commonwealth Fund.

Alex Smith is a health reporter for KCUR. You can reach him by email at alexs@kcur.org.

How To Be Less Lonely

Copyright 2019 KCUR 89.3

Alex Smith began working in radio as an intern at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. A few years and a couple of radio jobs later, he became the assistant producer of KCUR's magazine show, KC Currents. In January 2014 he became KCUR's health reporter.