McArthur marks Loneliness Awareness Week


Orkney MSP's Liam McArthur has marked the start of Loneliness Awareness Week.

Loneliness Awareness Week will take place from 14 - 18 June. Hosted by Marmalade Trust, it's a campaign that raises awareness of loneliness and encourages people to talk freely and openly about loneliness and the impact it can have on our mental health.

 

Orkney MSP's Liam McArthur has marked the start of Loneliness Awareness Week.

Loneliness Awareness Week will take place from 14 - 18 June. Hosted by Marmalade Trust, it's a campaign that raises awareness of loneliness and encourages people to talk freely and openly about loneliness and the impact it can have on our mental health.

According to a survey of UK adults which took place from March until November during Covid-19 restrictions, one in four (24%) adults in the UK said they had experienced feelings of loneliness.

Prolonged loneliness can negatively impact anyone's mental health, and the isolation caused by the pandemic made everyone more vulnerable.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

"Lockdown, social distancing and shielding from others altogether has undoubtedly increased the risk of loneliness in our communities over the last 15 months. Even as we begin to emerge from harsher restrictions it is important to recognise that for some who have lost confidence that this will be daunting prospect."

"It is, therefore, important that we make sure that no one is left behind and recognise loneliness is an experience that can happen anywhere and for anyone.  

"Initiatives like Good Day Calls run by Age Scotland Orkney and the Orkney Men's Shed are some of a host of local organisations who contribute enormously towards tackling loneliness and isolation. 

"We urgently need to see more support allocated to areas most in need, such as CAMH services in the islands, so that care and interventions can be scaled up to prevent situations where people who are struggling with mental health are being left isolated and vulnerable."


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