Why has a top Russian politician proposed setting up an ‘Agency for Loneliness?’

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      Passionate Progressive
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      In October, a proposal to create an “Agency for Loneliness” was made by Sergey Leonov, the deputy chairman of the committee for protection of health in Russia’s lower house of parliament.

      He suggested that the new organization could be tasked with offering psychological help to citizens. Describing his plan to RIA Novosti, Leonov noted that the sense of loneliness – which is quite common among people living in big cities – is causing depression and insomnia. “So, psychological help should be accessible for everyone,” he asserted.

      Loneliness as a problem

      According to psychologists, loneliness is an emotional state which makes a person feel deep emptiness and isolation. Those suffering from loneliness become insecure, anxious and depressed when their social relations are not how they would like them to be. Psychiatric disorders that can follow include alcohol abuse, sleep problems, personality disorders, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the body suffers together with the soul: Loneliness may lead to diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, obesity, and even cancer.

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      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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      Here in the US, everybody just gets anti-depressants prescribed, which I understand really only help a small percentage of people.  But Pharma makes out really really well, and Pharma and Pharma’s investors are happy as fuck all day and all night long.  Which is the only important thing about this, in the US, n’est-ce pas?

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

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      and I am glad some countries think about their citizens’ well-being.

      • #497720
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        What does this say about the US ‘human rights’ litmus test to define which countries ‘deserve’ regime change.  To go further…I had long before February 2022 been reading President Putin’s annual addresses to the Federal Assembly – annually held in the aftermath of the New Year celebrations/holidays.  My interest in these presentations was stimulated by Center for Citizen Initiatives which encourages/promotes rapprochment with Russia and also just curiosity – in response to the endless US/UK Russophobia by accademia, the media, government (especially Hillary Clinton supporters).  But what I found was countless expressions/ideas of policies reflecting concerns for Russian citizens…day care for children, parental leave, care for the elderly, establishment of health clinics in rural areas, etc., etc….And the media-indoctrinated uninformed have long been demonizing Putin/Russia and know nothing of life there…And let’s not forget that last year Moscow was identified by the UN survey as the world’s best city vis a vis infrastructure and quality of life….The requirements that they applied were things like access to culture, transportation, etc., etc..This contrasts so much to the homelessness that’s a feature of US urban areas.

        The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

        It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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          djean111
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          Our government seems to consider us as a mass of inconveniences, and the plan is always how to spend as little as possible on us, while coming up with ways to make life worse for us.  And claw back any money that HAS been spent on us.

          America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

          "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

          A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

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          how things have improved in Russia with reduced alcoholism as one example.

          I saw one small change – cars now stop at pedestrian crosswalks. They didn’t on my first visit.

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