ARGYLL and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has welcomed an NHS Highland campaign to highlight the issue of loneliness which affects people of all ages.
Loneliness affects both physical and mental health and can even increase the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The problem may be exacerbated by the rural geography of Argyll and Bute and the high proportion of elderly residents.
The campaign aims to raise awareness and encourage people to help tackle loneliness in their communities
Mr O’Hara said: ‘I believe Scottish Society has a long tradition of social engagement with our friends and neighbours and we care. Loneliness can be so easily overlooked. This campaign will be running throughout 2016 and 2017.
‘I would encourage us all to take a moment and engage with this campaign and if nothing else, be aware that loneliness is a very real problem.’