Mental Health Awareness Week: Loneliness

9-15 May 2022

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation


Together we can tackle loneliness

One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, Caledonia Park are focusing on how nature and our surroundings can play a big part in helping to tackle loneliness and improve well-being.

For help and advice on how to cope with loneliness click here.


There are things we can all do to cope with loneliness

We’ve pulled together a list of local communities and groups within Dumfries and Galloway along with some tips to help cope with loneliness.


Do more that you enjoy

Whether it’s a hobby or trying something new you can find a wide range of clubs and activities throughout Dumfries and Galloway on the Dumfries and Galloway council website here.


Getting outdoors in Dumfries and Galloway

Physical activity can help improve your mental and physical health. South Scotland has a wealth of countryside waiting to be explored from beaches to fells you’re never too far away from nature.

Meeting others who share your love of the outdoors can help to cope with loneliness and build friendships. There are a wide range of clubs and organisations within Dumfries and Galloway for those who love the outdoors.

Langholm Walkers Group is a community showcasing the best walks to do in and around Langholm. With an active Facebook page full of details on local walks.

Dumfries Amateur Swimming Club is perfect for anyone of all abilities, from younger children to adults wanting to improve their swimming. More information can be found here.

Annandale Sailing Club is great for nature lovers with sailing taking place on the beautiful Castle Loch nature reserve. More details can be found on their website here

Dumfries and Galloway Tennis have a range of clubs throughout Dumfries and Galloway for player of all ages. The Dumfries Tenis Club facebook page is updated regularly with club night.


Spend time with pets

If you are lucky enough to have a pet, it can be a great way of managing loneliness. Not only do animals provide us with unconditional love and support, but they also help to give structure to our days and even encourage us to get out and connect with others. Interaction with pets is also shown to help reduce stress levels.

At Caledonia Park we offer dog friendly shopping throughout the park. Bring your furry friend along with you and look out for the paw print icon on our store windows. All the information you need can be found on our Paws for a Break page here.


Local Charities

Throughout the region there are various charities who can help with mental health.