Local MP Tracy Brabin has thrown her weight behind a cross-party campaign to help tackle the “hidden epidemic” that is loneliness.
The ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ campaign, which has the backing of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Loneliness on which Ms Brabin serves as vice-chair, was launched last week.
Its aim is to reduce the stigma around loneliness, raise awareness of the importance of social connections and to encourage people to take action.
Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “This important campaign is a natural continuation of the work my predecessor Jo Cox began, and the fact that loneliness is now being treated as a matter of national importance is a fitting legacy.
“As we’ve seen with the Great Get Together last weekend, there are so many wonderful organisations here in Batley & Spen that are dedicated to bringing people together.
“Local organisations such as the Royal Voluntary Service, Age Concern , Kirklees Young Carers, Knit and Natter, all our libraries and many more do such incredible working in tackling this hidden epidemic.
“At a time where millions are suffering from loneliness but almost three quarters of people do not feel comfortable talking about it, these organisations are more important than ever.
“And this is why we need to work hard to reduce the stigma around loneliness and guide people towards the many groups, organisations and individuals who can help.
“There is no need to suffer in silence.”
The campaign also has the support of several charities committed to tackling loneliness including the Jo Cox Foundation, The Marmalade Trust, Co-Op Foundation, British Red Cross, Campaign to End Loneliness, Mind and Public Health England.
The Let’s Talk Loneliness website (LetsTalkLoneliness.co.uk) includes details on how you can get involved including a toolkit, videos, and supportive messaging and advice.
If anyone feels lonely, or know someone who may be suffering from loneliness, feel free to contact Tracy on Tracy.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01924 900036 and her team would be happy to offer guidance on local organisations and groups who may be able to help.