Local MP raises awareness around youth loneliness

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19 Dec 2018

Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has attended a reception in Parliament which was held to raise awareness of youth loneliness.

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 lives.

“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 own lives.

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 jo@samaritans.org