Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has attended
a reception in Parliament which was held to raise awareness of youth
The event was organised by Samaritans who were
asking MPs to support their action plan on youth loneliness.
According to the charity, loneliness can make
it more likely that young adults will have poor mental and physical health.
Loneliness has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and depression and may
even shorten life expectancy, carrying a similar mortality risk as obesity.
Margaret Greenwood said:
“At this time of year, it’s important to spare
a thought for people who are lonely, isolated and struggling.
“Loneliness can increase the risk of suicidal
thoughts in young people and the number of youth suicides has sadly
increased in recent years.
“If you need help from Samaritans, give them a call – there
will be someone there to talk to and help you if you’re struggling to cope.”
“Now more than ever we need to look at how we can make sure
young people get the support they need.”
Samaritans’ CEO, Ruth Sutherland, said:
“Loneliness amongst young people is at worrying
levels, and sadly we know that it can be a factor in people taking their own
“We’re asking the Government to make sure it
has a firm action plan in place to make sure young people who might be at risk
are identified and given the support they need”.
Last year nearly 1,600 young people in the UK took their
Samaritans is calling on the
Government to make a number of policy commitments, including setting out
ambitious national targets to improve young people’s wellbeing, and setting up
national awareness campaigns to tackle the stigma associated with loneliness,
letting young people know that it’s okay to seek help.
You can call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org