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The Loneliness Epidemic


The Loneliness Epidemic

with Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit

There is a significant difference between ‘being alone’ and ‘loneliness’. And though we seem to be coping with the first, Megan and Michael discover we’re struggling with the second.


While we have been dealing with a pandemic over the last couple of years, we have also been experiencing what some are calling a loneliness epidemic.

Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen discuss how this new struggle has been reported across many countries, particularly in their home country. The Ending Loneliness Together report says that one in four Australians are experiencing problematic levels of loneliness, with one in two Australians feeling lonelier due to the pandemic in 2020.

Why is this so? Does it happen to Christians as much as anyone else, and how can we respond?

Michael and Megan talk first about how loneliness might interact with faith, and then they invite Susan Mettes, behavioural scientist and author of The Loneliness Epidemic, on to the show to discuss how we can begin to deal with this challenge.

Finally, the WADR team take a look at a comedy of loneliness, This Way Up.


After the highly successful “In the footsteps of the Reformers” tour through the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Faith Journeys is launching its latest tour “In the footsteps of Saint Paul”, travelling across Turkey, Greece & Italy from 25th April – 9th May 2023. The tour starts in Istanbul and makes its way through to Greece before ending in Rome. Daily devotions, a pilgrimage handbook and study guide assist with exploring the works, teachings and journeys of St Paul while travelling with like-minded individuals. You also have a Tour Manager throughout who looks after all travel logistics with exclusive local tour guides who all work alongside Michael Jensen to create an immersive touring experience. If you’re interested in joining Michael on his instructive tour of early church locations, then you can find out everything you need to know at or by emailing

This is where you can find Susan Mettes’ book, The Loneliness Epidemic: Why So Many of Us Feel Alone – and How Leaders Can Respond.


Less aggro, more conversation.

Is it even possible to have a deep discussion without it descending into chaos? Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit think yes, and want to show the rest of us how to do it.

There’s plenty of things they disagree on: free will, feminism, where you should send your kids to school and what type of church you should go to. But there are also plenty of other things that they have in common. They want to talk about all these things with conviction. But they also want the conversation to be constructive. Tune in to find out if that’s possible.

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