This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and theme this year is ‘Loneliness’.

Throughout the pandemic Scouts across the country and here in Greater Manchester West were amongst the heroes to lend a hand to support elderly, vulnerable and lonely people by checking in regularly or by helping with food shops and collecting medicine, to name a few.

Since life has got back to ‘normal’, it is important we continue to check in with our friends and family regularly. People who are lonely don’t always reach out, a simple text message or impromptu visit can have a significantly positive effect on an individual’s mental health. It’s important to remember, not everyone who is lonely lives alone.

The Mental Health Foundation have created useful resources to support discussions about loneliness with young people.

We have more information and support links available on our Mental Health Awareness webpage.