It’s not something that you can just throw money at and make it go away; loneliness a multi-layered thing that affects millions of people in a multitude of ways. Asking for help may be the first painful step; but knowing what can be done about it is difficult, particularly when the first port of call for many is their GP. Hopefully, that is about to change, with cookery, dancing, art and walking classes to be available on the NHS as an alternative to medication, in the government’s first ever loneliness strategy, which should be in place by 2023. Postal workers are also being encouraged to check in on lonely people while doing their rounds, and Sainsbury’s is just one of many businesses backing a new employer pledge to tackle loneliness in the workplace. These are great initial steps, but let’s all remember that at the end of the day people need people, and sometimes giving a smile, asking “How are you?” and being interested in the reply is the first step we can all take in helping each other feel better.