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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: Let's Tackle Loneliness

Date Added: 09/05/2022

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It's Mental Health Awareness week. This year the project is highlighting the issue of loneliness.
 
Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness.
 
This year we are joining in to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on mental wellbeing and what we can do to make it better. Reducing loneliness is a major step towards healthy mental wellbeing in society.
 

45% of England’s population report feelings of loneliness throughout the year. That's around 25 million people!

Loneliness can have negative effects on our physical health, such as a risk of stroke and high blood pressure. Research shows that loneliness can also be a risk factor for feelings of depression and mental distress. This is why social interactions significantly support improving mental health and give us opportunities to combat loneliness.

If you are feeling lonely, here are some things to try:

  • Reach out to others
  • Spend time with pets
  • Try creative activities like drawing, colouring, playing music, or doing crafts
  • Volunteer in a cause you support
  • Try online groups
  • Stay active

Ask for help if you need it. If you don’t feel comfortable reaching out to someone close to you for support, you can call a helpline like Samaritans to share your feelings and talk to someone, and feel less alone.

Samaritans helpline: 116 123


Visit EDAS First Connect to sign up for affordable private counselling sessions.


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