Being socially connected and resilient, both as individuals and communities, are now recognised to be powerful influences on mental health and wider wellbeing. This can be achieved through developing social connection, tackling isolation, building resilience, strengthening use of community assets - including social prescribing, strengthening self care and peer support.
There is a wealth of initiatives happening across communities to help social connection and reduce loneliness and isolation. The Glasgow City Thriving Places is an example of how communities are bringing people together with a focus on delivering local services, making the best use of the local community assets and improving quality of life.
The Loneliness and Isolation session from our Healthy Minds Resource aims to raise awareness of loneliness and isolation, their impact on mental health and what can be done to help tackle it.
Campaign to End Loneliness in Scotland: provides information and resources to help combat loneliness and isolation.