Mental Health Awareness Week, 9th-15th May 2022
This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Most people feel lonely sometimes, for many different reasons. If loneliness is affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help…
- Try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor.
- Consider joining a group or class that focuses on something you enjoy.
- Consider visiting places where you can just be around other people – for example, a park, the cinema or a cafe.
- Listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides (Click Here)
- Do not try to do everything at once; set small targets that you can easily achieve.
- Try not to compare yourself to others. On social media you usually only see things people want to share.
- Try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve loneliness; these can all contribute to poor mental health.
It is also sensible to seek local support if you’re finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or depression:
Telephone: 116123 (6pm- 12pm)