Today (10 June) a charity has launched an innovative way to tackle loneliness in young adults.
Living Streets has created Next Steps to University – a package aimed at encouraging and enabling university students, particularly freshers, to walk more.
Research suggests that a huge 40 per cent of 16-24 year olds feel lonely – the highest figure of any age group (this is compared with 27% of over 65s). Students transitioning from secondary school to university are experiencing huge changes as they adapt to these challenges and develop new habits, often moving to new towns or cities. 95% of higher education institutions have reported increase in demand for counselling services (Education Policy Institute, 2018).