A CAMPAIGN to combat loneliness and improve wellbeing has been launched by health and social care organisations and councils across Warwickshire.
The Boost Your Health Esteem campaign brings together a range of resources to help residents tackle feelings of loneliness and keep themselves physically and mentally active.
A spokesperson said: “Too many people are suffering from a lack of social connections, which is harmful to their physical and mental health. Loneliness and isolation can be as damaging to your health as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
“There has also been a drop in the levels of physical activity compared with the start of the pandemic across all age groups, which is particularly concerning for those with long term health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, as it’s important to stay active to help mitigate these conditions.
“A lack of physical activity also impacts negatively on mental health and can increase both anxiety and depression.”
The campaign suggests ways people can help family and friends to avoid isolation and loneliness. They include persuading them to do regular exercise, regular contact and invitations, and asking if they need any help.
Visit www.bit.ly/health-esteem for more information on the Boost Your Health Esteem campaign.