Leave Loneliness Behind, is a new campaign that Age UK Lancashire have launched highlighting the link between loneliness and mental health issues and how this can have a drastic effect on a person’s wellbeing.
It is estimated that 4.2 million people in the UK are likely to be affected by a combination of depression and anxiety. Loneliness can lead to anxiety and depression and right here on our doorstep in Lancashire there are estimated to be 35,000 lonely older people (aged 65+) who have little or no contact with anyone.
Age UK Lancashire are reaching out to local older people who are feeling lonely or are struggling with their mental health and providing support and solutions to help.
Teri Stephenson, chief executive at the charity said: “Being aware of our own mental health has really come to the forefront over the last 12 months, and we know the negative impact it can have on everyday life.
“For many of our older population, having no one to talk to is a very sad reality and we want to change that.”
The charity are striving to give everyone the opportunity to live their best later life and want to promote change by raising awareness of the impact loneliness has on mental health and trying to reach out to people who many feel they have no one to turn to for support.
Teri Stephenson added: “This campaign is really important to us and we hope it can highlight some of the support we can provide, either through helping people with money matters and welfare benefits, providing opportunities to socialise, or reconnect with friends and family.
“We really are here to support older people from any background and be their safety net.”
The charity is calling on local people to get behind their latest campaign by raising funds or donating to help them to provide their services.
Teri Stephenson said: “We know it’s been a really challenging year for everyone, due to the pandemic, but we need to look to the future and how we can help more people and stop them from falling through the gaps. If you or anyone you know can make a donation or get involved with our fundraising events, then we would be so grateful. The money goes directly to supporting our services and does make a real difference to people’s lives.”
For information on how to make a make a donation or other ways to support the campaign visit www.ageuklancs.org.uk or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the charity have responded to more than 11,500 phone calls and had more than 45,000 interactions from supporting people at home, wellbeing telephone calls and helping people home from hospital. They are an independent local charity with all of the funds generated used locally where the need is greatest.