Tackling loneliness – Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

9-15 May is Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK. Started by the Mental Health Foundation 21 years ago, it has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK, with a different theme set each year. This year’s theme is loneliness.

Did you know, one in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time? It can hit any one of us, at any time – there’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. 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.

The Mental Health Foundation has put together some help and advice on how to deal with loneliness, you can download their pdf here. If you are reading this and know someone who spends a lot of time on their own, reach out to them. A quick call, or even a message from you could completely turn their day around and mean more than you could ever know. Find the time and go for that long overdue coffee.

If you are struggling, please find someone to talk to. The help is out there. If you are older, The Silver Line is a free, confidential helpline which offers information, friendship and support. They are open 24 hours a day, so you can ring them any time, day or night, on 0800  4 70 80 90. The Samaritans are another service who offer 24 hour a day telephone support – if you need to talk, they are there to listen. You can call them for free on 116 123.

Of course, if you live near to one of our branches and just want to see a friendly face, you are welcome to pop in, we can even make you a cuppa if you want one.

Together, we can tackle loneliness.

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