Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is between the 9th-15th May. This year’s theme is loneliness. It will address the impact it has on our mental health and the steps we can do to reduce it.

Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by The Mental Health Foundation and is one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.

According to The Campaign to End Loneliness, 45% of adults feel occasionally, sometimes or often lonely in England. This is equal to twentyfive million people.

Many different types of people are more at risk of loneliness. According to The Community Life Survey, 2016 to 2017, three types of people were at particular risk from loneliness:

  • Widowed older homeowner living alone with long-term health conditions

  • Unmarried, middle-agers with long-term health conditions

  • Young renter with little trust and sense of belonging to their area

Here are different ways we can tackle loneliness:

Join a class or group

Whether it’s a writing group, exercise class, art club or singing group, joining a class or a group will expose you to people who will share at least one of your interests.

It can also provide a sense of belonging somewhere with being a part of a group. It can stimulate creativity; make you look forward to during the day and also decrease the feeling of loneliness. Here at Let’s Connect we have a wide range of groups including drama, music, book folding, wellbeing group and more. Please get in Contact with Let’s Connect for more information.

Get involved with volunteering

Volunteering can help you meet new people and work alongside people who feel passionate about the same cause. Its benefits include being part of a group, meeting new people and trying new experiences.

As well as decreasing loneliness, it can make you feel more grateful for what you have, working with those who are less fortunate.

At Let’s Connect, you can volunteer at the organisation. These include Peer Mentoring, Admin, Counselling and more. For more information, get in contact with Let’s Connect.

Open up

You don’t have to suffer alone. Most people will have suffered from loneliness some point in their lives, so will understand what you are going through.

Talk to friends, family or someone you trust about how you are feeling, they will want to help and ensure you get the help you need.

You can also talk to your GP or therapist, who can advise you about support there is for loneliness.

Adopt a pet

Owning a pet has its many benefits to our mental health, but preventing loneliness is one of them. Dog owners can meet out owners when walking theirs, so it allows you to meet other people and bond other your shared passion for dogs. Pets give us unconditional love and companionship, which reduces loneliness.

Ask your GP about The Social Prescribing

It can be difficult to find ways to meet new people or find ways to tackle loneliness. The Social Prescribing is a scheme provided by the NHS, which focuses on your wellbeing.

Ask your GP about the Social Prescriber and they can refer you to groups, community events and more.

You shouldn’t have to suffer alone. There are many ways you can get out and reduce loneliness.

Let’s Connect is a place for everyone. If you want to get involved in Let’s Connect, contact us on 01429 269303 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Together We Are Stronger

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