One in four members of the armed forces community feel lonely 'always' or 'often'
The RNRMC have launched our “Let’s Face Loneliness Together” campaign which aims to offer camaraderie to Naval service personnel, veterans or family members whose employment, living arrangements, financial stability and personal circumstances may make them hidden, lost or lonely and without a dependable support network.
The issues of loneliness and social isolation are increasingly recognised as public health concerns, which are approaching crisis levels. Research has shown that loneliness and social isolation are linked to higher blood pressure, poorer sleep, depression and increased risk of mortality.
Loneliness and social isolation can affect anyone, however there are some unique factors within the armed forces community which may contribute. One in four members of the armed forces community feel lonely or socially isolated 'always' and 'often', according to research conducted by the Royal British Legion (RBL). The study looked at the views of serving personnel, veterans and their families.
While membership of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines community bestows many benefits such as discipline, leadership and teamwork, many elements of military life can increase vulnerability to loneliness and social isolation.
- Long periods of separation from partner and family
- Increased volume of transitions and mobile lifestyle
- A culture of self-reliance and avoidance of ‘weakness’
- Impact of injury and/or sudden discharge on career and family