You may have seen newspaper reports recently about Theresa May appointing a ‘Minister for Loneliness’. In the few days since that announcement, there has been plenty of commentary in the press, both positive and negative, about the initiative. Regardless of your perspective, loneliness is now a public issue. As both a cause and effect of depression, the concept is insidious – particularly for those living in rural areas. One of our aims at Higher Ground is to tackle loneliness head on, alongside social isolation and the mental health issues that these can contribute to. We’re getting closer to our formal launch date (watch this space) and the need for organisations that can help combat and prevent loneliness has never been higher. Although this recent news is not a cause for celebration, we’re glad the issue is receiving acknowledgement at the highest levels.

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