Did you know that loneliness, exacerbated by the COVID pandemic, can shorten a person’s life by 15 years, making it as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes per day? With 50% higher chances of premature death, lonely individuals need healthy social relationships now more than ever. 

 Are you silently suffering from loneliness, seeking meaningful connections in our digital era amidst the ongoing pandemic?


In this episode of the me&my health up podcast, host Anthony Hartcher and guest Dr. Michelle Lim explore the critical issue of loneliness in Australia, intensified by the COVID pandemic, and its impact on mental and physical health. Learn to combat this silent emergency by understanding the difference between social isolation and loneliness, the vulnerability of various age groups, and effective strategies for overcoming loneliness. Tune in to find support, nurture deeper connections, and enhance your overall wellbeing in these challenging times.

Loneliness Is Harmful to Our Nation’s Health.

5 million Australians impacted by loneliness – KPMG Australia.


About Dr. Michelle Lim:

  • Inaugural Chairperson and Scientific Chair of Ending Loneliness Together
  • Leading Australian scientific expert in loneliness
  •  Over 80 national media appearances
  • Research Fellow at Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute and Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Director of the Social Health and Wellbeing (SHAW) Laboratory
  • Focuses on understanding drivers of loneliness and developing effective digital interventions
  • Practising Clinical Psychologist


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About me&my & Anthony Hartcher:

me&my health up seeks to enhance and enlighten the well-being of others. Host Anthony Hartcher is the CEO of me&my wellness which provides holistic health solutions using food as medicine, combined with a holistic, balanced, lifestyle approach. Anthony holds three bachelor’s degrees in Complementary Medicine; Nutrition and Dietetic Medicine; and Chemical Engineering.


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