Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 will take place 9-15 May on the topic 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.

Some research suggests that loneliness is associated with an increased risk of certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress.

By highlighting loneliness and its impact on mental health, we should hopefully reduce the stigma and support more people who are lonely, or at risk of loneliness.

We all experience feeling lonely in many different ways. It could be triggered by a change in situation or a life event. This means there are a range of ways we can try to overcome loneliness, and we need to identify the help and support that works for us as an individual. It’s extremely important to remember that loneliness and difficult feelings can pass.

Some pointers to help you through difficult emotions and feelings and to help steer your thoughts in a more positive direction…

One thing you must never do, is compare yourself to another person.  It is good to share your feelings, but it must be remembered that people only tend to share the ‘good’ things on social media.  We don’t ever really know what someone else is going through.

I have recently reached out to a friend on Instagram who I thought was at a low point from reading one of her posts.  She telephoned me right away to explain the reasons behind her post and that she was fine, she thanked me for getting in touch. Keep an eye on those around you and always reach out to check they are ok.

Look after you! Remember the things that you enjoy doing, go for a walk, listen to music or meet with a friend.

Make a list of ideas of things that you love to do and refer to it on a regular basis.

If you don’t feel comfortable opening up to the people you know, you could try speaking with a therapist or a using a peer support service.

Follow the link below to MIND an amazing charity that offers support to everyone.