Relationships Australia is pleased to announce that our research conducted in collaboration with the Australian National University has been published demonstrating that involvement in Neighbour Day leads to a tangible and sustained reduction in loneliness. Longitudinal research published in Social Science and Medicine confirms that six months after hosting a Neighbour Day event, hosts continue to report a significant increase in their neighbourhood social identification. This increased neighbourhood identification leads to greater social cohesion, improved wellbeing and reduced loneliness.
Fong, P., Cruwys, T., Robinson, S., Haslam, A., Mance. & Fisher, C. (2021). Evidence that loneliness can be reduced by a whole-of-community intervention to increase neighbourhood identification. Social Science and Medicine. Vol 27.