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By Kim O’Neill, CEO, On the Line.

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back at some of the most popular blog topics and discussions we’ve had around social and mental health.


The true impact of suicide is hidden

When somebody decides to take their own life, the lives of everybody who knew them are affected. There is more than one victim, as the impact of suicide has a ripple effect throughout the lives of friends and family left behind.

But there is hope. We can all make a difference.



The physical impact of loneliness (Part 1)

Nobody would recommend smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. Prominent researchers such as Julianne Holt-Lunstad from Brigham Young University have found that extreme loneliness poses a health risk equitant to excessive smoking. That’s how serious health professionals are approaching the physical impact of loneliness.

In this article I explore the physical ailments related to loneliness.



Is loneliness the curse of our generation?

Loneliness is quickly becoming referred to as a disease. Considering it now kills more people annually than obesity it’s not hard to see why. In this article, I talk about what is loneliness and how we can begin to address it.



New approaches to men’s mental health are vital

The approach men and women take to maintaining their mental health can be totally different. Therefore, we need to tailor our approach to meet the needs of each gender. In this piece I discuss how our sector can adapt and reframe our mental health message so that it reaches as many men as possible.



Domestic and Family Violence Prevention – it’s up to all of us

Despite an increase in awareness over the past few years, domestic and family violence is still a major social health issue for women and children across the country. In this article, I discuss the difference between domestic and family violence, the contributing factors and the path forward.



It’s been a big year and we’ve discussed some very important topics. I wish you all the very best with end of year celebrations and remember to stay in touch as we cover many more important topics in the coming year.


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