Isles MP Angus B MacNeil has met with the Jo Cox Commission to raise awareness of
loneliness in the Western Isles
Ms Cox set up the commission, along with 13 organisations. before she was murdered
just over a year ago.
It continues her legacy by raising awareness about loneliness and working to try
and reduce the stigma of being lonely.
Angus MacNeil said: “A British Red Cross survey found one in five people said they
always or often felt lonely.
“It’s something I often see in Na h-Eileanan an Iar and I was proud to be part of
the Great Get Together bringing people together. But being lonely isn’t just a feeling,
it’s considered to be as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Jo herself said, “Young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate” and it’s often linked
with changes in our lives, moving to a new place, having a baby, retirement or redundancy,
disability or ill health, becoming a carer or the end of a relationship.
“We can all play our part. We can start a conversation with a neighbour who we know
is on their own, pick up the phone to a relative or friend you haven’t spoken to
for a while, say hello to someone in the supermarket queue.
“I’ve signed a pledge today to support the Commission in its aim to tackle loneliness
- both in Na h-Eileanan an Iar and in my role in parliament.