On every street in Scotland there will be at least one older person who feels lonely all or most of the time. There will be two who go half of the week without human contact. Their only form of company is a pet or the TV.
Losing the first game of the season is never ideal, as Edinburgh did at Ospreys last Friday, but it hardly leaves a mountain climb. Even if it did, they would have just the man in the shape of their new flanker Luke Hamilton.
People living with mental illness have found their voice – literally – on Support in Mind Scotland’s radio station, Radio Stafford 103, saying: “Being involved makes a difference” … “it gives me confidence and takes my mind of other stuff”… “it gives me focus”.