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Mental Health Inequity and Loneliness and How That Effects Our Society

It Takes a Village to Make Someone Lonely


Lecture by Dr. Manuela Barreto


Manuela Barreto is Head of the Psychology Department at the University of Exeter, UK, where she is also an academic at the Welcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health. Born and raised in Portugal, she studied for her PhD in Amsterdam and now works in the UK, bringing her extensive intercultural experience to bear on a variety of issues pertaining to mental health.


Barreto's talk: In this presentation Barreto will discuss dominant understandings of loneliness and point out their limitations. She will define loneliness, summarize current scholarship about its causes and consequences, and point out the individualistic focus of current knowledge, which tends to miss the social context where loneliness often emerges. She will defend the need for a more social understanding of loneliness, as a property of communities rather than of individuals and present studies demonstrating how loneliness emerges in a social context, often as a result of forms of exclusion. The presentation will end with a discussion of the implications of this shift in focus from loneliness as the result of individual deficits to loneliness as a fundamental social justice issue. Nobel Conference 58 | Manuela Barreto - YouTube


Nobel Conference 58 | Manuela Barreto

  • By

    Nobel Conference 58- Gustavus Adolfus College

  • Published

    Jan 19, 2023

  • Subject Area
    • Age-friendly Communities
    • Caregiving & Caregiver Support
    • Caregiving & Caregiver Support
    • General Health and Wellness
    • Mental Health and Wellness
    • Social Connectedness / Social Isolation
    • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Audience
    • Academics
    • Health Authorities
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
    • Caregivers, Seniors & Volunteers
  • Category
    • Best Practices
    • Evidence-based & emerging practices
    • Recorded webinar

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