Too many older people are suffering from loneliness across Scotland and in West Lothian, a charity have said.
Scottish charity Health in Mind are appealing for older people in West Lothian to come forward and utilise the charity’s services including :
– counselling and trauma counselling;
– guided self-help
– support for people from minority ethnic communities
– connecting people within their local community
– art therapy
– outdoor conservation for greater wellbeing
– suicide prevention
– support with substance misuse
– mental health and wellbeing information
Health in Mind have been promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland since 1982.
We do this by providing a wide range of services to support people to make a positive difference to their lives and it’s very easy to connect with them. You can sign up for most directly and for some, you would simply ask your GP to refer you.
Neil Findlay said:
“Many older people want to build their confidence and get about in the community, but all too often people are suffering from mental ill-health or struggling to overcome the loss of loved ones.
“Health in Mind are helping older people to learn to deal with stress and anxiety and feel connected to their local community again.
“This kind of work is absolutely necessary in West Lothian where we have so many isolated villages, I hope people will give them a call and get involved.”