Mental Health Awareness Week

Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.  The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May. This year the theme is Loneliness which affects millions of people across the UK. Research has shown increasing numbers of us are affected by feeling isolated and lonely and this can lead to harmful consequences.

This week people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. 

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:

“We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic. 

“Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.

“Loneliness deserves more attention and we’re calling on everyone who has struggled as a result of being lonely to share their experiences. We must work together - as individuals, as a society and through government policy - to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems by investing in welcoming, social spaces and new community initiatives.”

Why not start this Mental Health Awareness week by completing the Your Mind Plan Quiz. By answering questions about how stressed, worried and anxious you have been feeling you will be given a mind plan with practical ideas on how you can help yourself and improve your mental health.

Or you could follow the hashtag #IveBeenThere where people will be sharing their experiences of loneliness and how they have supported others who have been feeling lonely.

Take time to visit the NHS Better Health - Every Mind Matters page about Loneliness. Whether you are feeling lonely or know someone who is, you will find advice here on how you can help.

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Mental Health Awareness Week