Today (17 June) sees the start of Loneliness Awareness Week 2019 and the theme for this year’s campaign is reducing the stigma of loneliness.
The campaign is organised by the Marmalade Trust, which has a vision to create a society where loneliness is recognised openly as something likely to affect us all.
You can find out more about Loneliness Awareness Week and how to get involved on the Marmalade Trust website.
The Government is also launching a campaign on loneliness to coincide with Loneliness Awareness Week and you can find out more about it here.
Although loneliness is not a mental health issue in itself, it can have a negative impact on your mental health. Conversely, suffering from poor mental health can heighten the chances of feeling lonely.
If you feel like you might benefit from support, there are a number of national groups that are focused on supporting farming communities:
More information on each of these groups as well as other national and local groups can be found in the YANA rural support group directory.