Local SNP MSP Maree Todd is asking the people of Orkney to participate in a new consultation from the Scottish Government which is looking at loneliness and isolation within our communities.
The consultation which shall run until 30 April shall form a new National strategy, one of the first in the world to help tackle loneliness and isolation.
Views are also being encouraged to help build on the Scottish Government’s work ensuring those at risk can access the correct support organisations.
The National strategy has been welcomed by the Jo Cox Commision.
In Orkney the Scottish Government’s Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy Consultation is on the 27th February, which they would encourage people living in Orkney’s communities to come along and have their say.
One thing for sure is, that loneliness takes many forms but in all its forms it can be crippling.
For people that find themselves in these situations there is professional help at hand here are a few links:
CAMHS Scotland Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Community Mental Health services Orkney
The Silver Line Helpline is a free helpline for older people
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
I live in North Ronaldsay but I don’t find it to be particularly lonely. In fact I’m less lonely here than I was when I lived in Edinburgh.
There are days that it’s a struggle to get work done because folk come by for a chat!