Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – Loneliness
9th May 2022
This week is Mental health awareness week (Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May 2022), and the theme for this year is Loneliness,
Mind have some excellent resources that you can access if you are experiencing loneliness or know someone who is.
What is Loneliness?
Loneliness is not always the same as being alone. You may choose to be alone and live happily without much contact with other people, while others may find this a lonely experience.
Or you may have lots of social contact, or be in a relationship or part of a family, and still feel lonely – especially if you don’t feel understood or cared for by the people around you.
Feeling lonely can have a negative impact on your mental health, especially if these feelings have lasted a long time. Some research suggests that loneliness is associated with an increased risk of certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress.
Mind have some great tips on how you can manage loneliness (…here) these include:
If you suspect someone may be lonely then why not give them 5 minutes of your day to check in on them from time to time.
- Mind’s helplines provide information and support by phone and email.
- Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
- Age UK (England)0800 678 1602 ageuk.org.uk Information and support for older people.
- Befriending Networksbefriending.co.uk – Information on befriending, including an online directory of UK befriending services.
- Campaign Against Living Miserably – (CALM)0800 58 58 58 thecalmzone.net – Provides listening services, information and support for anyone who needs to talk, including a web chat.
- Meetup.com – meetup.com Website that allows you to find face-to-face groups of people who share your interests or aspirations.