Highton Shopping Village in Geelong.
Low-density suburbs can cause social isolation that's harmful for individual and community well-being. But research confirms we can plan neighbourhood centres so they become vibrant social hubs.
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Poverty, insecurity and social isolation have a major impact on public health.
In the mid-1990s, body modification enthusiasts – a long-ostracized subculture – created an online community that incorporated blogs, dating and wikis.
Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
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When human contact is cut off, the brain begins to act in strange ways to preserve its sanity.
There is a clear link between pain and depression, but does pain make us depressed, or does depression cause pain?
Having already had depression or anxiety increases the risk of developing persistent pain, and developing a chronically painful condition dramatically increases chances of becoming depressed.
It's not all isolation and cyber-bullying: technology offers access to communication and therapies that could help sufferers of mental illness.
We know that social isolation can thrive in the suburbs - so how can we better plan our cities?
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Social isolation and loneliness are becoming common in our large cities. Our cities are sprawling, housing is becoming more unaffordable, people are travelling further and longer in their cars and household…