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HAT Forum
Sat Sep 10th 2016
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
519 Church Street Room tba or 304
Topic: Loneliness
Proposer: Jon Aldridge

-Is loneliness always a negative?
--Contrast being lonely with being alone.

-What kinds of loneliness are there?

-How have you experienced loneliness?
--What does it feel like to be lonely?
--What have you done to avoid loneliness?

-How does age (1) or physical impairment affect loneliness?

-The National Health Service in the UK has begun treating loneliness as a public health issue. To what extent do you agree or disagree with that position?
--Actual and perceived social isolation can increase the risk of mortality by ~30% (2)(3).

-What are some possible opposite states of mind to loneliness?
--Some may be positive, some negative.

-Is there an unspoken stigma of loneliness?
--People tend to be reluctant to say they are lonely(1)(3).

-What kind of support services should/could be/are available for lonely people?

-Are humanists more prone to feeling lonely than individuals with supernatural or religious beliefs(4)?

(1) age-related UK helpline, with emphasis on loneliness

(2) abstract of research paper on social isolation

(3) Globe and Mail article

(4) brief Sydney Morning Herald (AUS) article

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.