The value of connectedness: lived experiences of loneliness and isolation in our communities

S Starfrace, D Backman-Hoyle, B Vickers, Sharon Lawn, H McGowan, D Vecchio, D Ferrie, S Howe, S MacLean, A Darvall

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Background: The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists partners with people who have a lived experience of mental illness through our Community Collaboration Committee (CCC). The CCC is made up of six psychiatrists and eight community members from Australia and New Zealand. Objectives: This session aims to:• share different perspectives regarding the impact of loneliness upon individuals within the community and how this is influenced by context;• share current guidance regarding the issue of loneliness; and• seek audience perspectives.01_ANP836919.indd 79 08/04/2019 9:55:46 AM80 RANZCP Abstracts Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53(S1)Methods:• Presentation on the lived experiences and research of CCC members representing binational perspectives.• Presentation on the structure and successes of the Trieste model.• Evaluation of the current suicide prevention framework and impact of loneliness on suicide risk.• Discussion of an individual case study that explores loneliness in the community.• Audience participation. Findings: Loneliness is increasingly being recognized as an area of significant concern for both consumers and carers in mental healthcare. The stigma surrounding mental health issues can quite often leave those personally impacted through their own or others mental illness with feelings of isolation. Conclusions: Social connectedness and partnerships within the community are important considerations in improving the experience of those with mental illness, their carers, family and whānau. The CCC invites Congress attendees’ participation in discussing this important issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-80
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
EventRANZCP 2019 Congress - Cairns, Australia
Duration: 12 May 201916 Jan 2021


  • Isolation
  • communities
  • Community Collaboration Committee
  • CCC
  • mental illness
  • loneliness
  • mental healthcare


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