Loneliness is on the rise in Australia and it’s leading mental health advocates to ask, what can people do about it?

Surveys have found more than 50 per cent of people report greater feelings of loneliness since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with young or vulnerable groups particularly at risk.

Phil McAuliffe established himself as The Loneliness Diplomat in 2018 and The Loneliness Guy in 2020 after going through his own bout of loneliness while working as a diplomat for the Australian government in Korea.

It was seven years ago, just before his 40th birthday, that Mr McAuliffe realised he was not living his authentic life, and that coming out as lonely also meant coming out as gay to his family, including his now ex-wife.

Read the full blog post on ABC Central Victoria here.

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