Today 31st January 2017 a Commission on Loneliness is being put forward to the Government.
It was started by a politician called Jo Cox, a serving member of the British Labour Party for Batley and Spen, who was tragically murdered on the 16th June 2016. She was shot and stabbed multiple times .This was the first killing of a serving MP since 1990.
Jo believed passionately about the people she worked for and was campaigning to bring awareness of Loneliness and how it has terrible affects on the people who suffer from it.
Loneliness can affect any age, any gender and any does not care if you are a Millionaire or struggling to make ends meet.
It is the Silent Epidemic that affects us all at some time.
When I was in my 20’s I found myself alone bringing up three boys, all small and in School, needing attention and affection.
My marriage had ended after 13 years and I was on my own.
I had a good family who supported me all they could and I had a good circle of friends.
But I was so Lonely. It is hard to understand how someone with people around them can be lonely, they put a brave face on things and get on with the everyday world of working and caring for their children, going about the everyday routine.
But when the door closes and the curtains are drawn, the loneliness pops out its ugly head. Everyone thinks you are strong and you are coping , but sometimes you are not.
We are all so busy getting on with our everyday lives that we don’t see the person behind the smile.
That is just one face of Loneliness, there are many more
The Child who finds it hard to mix because they are painfully shy, or bullied at School, or a Carer for their Parents at home.
Or the Elderly person who may not see anyone from one day to the next.
These are just a few examples, we all could give more.
It is widespread and everywhere.
But we can all do something about it and we can do it now.
Pick up the phone and ring that person you haven’t seen around lately, or that relative you haven’t seen for a while and always mean to call.
Knock on the elderly neighbours door and see if they need anything or just pop in for a ten minute chat.
The Little Things Do Matter
Jo Cox’s Sister Kim Leadbetter is now taking up the challenge her Sister started and is helping to bring about the Commission on Loneliness.
I personally wish her lots of luck and hope we all get behind her on this cause.
Here is to our future.
We all deserve to be needed and nobody should be left to be lonely for long, before people begin to take notice. More needs to be done.
And in Jo’s memory her Sister Kim will and is leading the way.
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