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It has been called an 'Epidemic of loneliness.' According to a recent study by YouGov, some 30% of those defined as members of the Millennial generation claim to suffer from loneliness either often or always. OSF Behavioral Health Manager Luke Raymond tells WKEI that defining loneliness can be the hardest part of combating the effects. For Luke the definition boils down to a lack of meaningful relationships outside of the typical family unit...

Feelings of isolation can often be exacerbated by our modern social media culture which can serve to bring people together but often can also act as a catalyst for some people to become more isolated... 

Loneliness can seem like a rather esoteric concept but it can take on a physical symptom as it effects the emotional well-being of those who are suffering from it. The best advice from Luke Raymond from OSF is to seek out ways to be social and active and failing that, to contact OSF Saint Luke Medical Center to make use of their Behavioral Health resources. Resources such as OSF SilverCloud can offer advice and resources to help get to the roots of what may be holding someone back and causing them to give in to those feelings of loneliness.