Connections Matter is a global research report by KPMG Australia in collaboration with the Groundswell Foundation, revealing the prevalence of loneliness in Australia, the significance of its impact on all areas of the community and outlines actions for both prevention and treatment of loneliness in Australia.
- Loneliness is experienced by more than one quarter of Australians and most Australians will experience loneliness in their lifetime: 37% of young people are lonely.
- Loneliness is a silent killer: Lonely people have a 26% increased risk of death.
- The impacts of loneliness are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes or having six alcoholic drinks per day.
- 54% are of people are lonelier after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report is available here.