It’s Mental Health Awareness Week!
We know it’s essential to look after your mental health every week, but this is a great way to get the UK talking about mental health, ask important questions and connect with one another.
This year’s focus, announced by the Mental Health Foundation, is loneliness.
Loneliness is more than a lack of social life; you can be around many people and still feel lonely. Loneliness is the feeling that our social needs are not being met by the quantity and quality of our social connections. It’s different for everyone; you may feel isolated or that you don’t have a support network.
One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time.
Mental Health Foundation
Anyone can feel lonely, but when the feeling is severe or lasts a long time, it can impact our mental health, making us feel anxious or depressed.
We spoke to Julie Haley, Operations Director at Mental Health Concern, about the importance of Mental Health Awareness Week:
“Mental Health Awareness week is really important because it raises awareness around the kind of problems people are facing – such as loneliness or social isolation – as well as highlighting the fantastic support that is out there.
Mental Health Concern are here so no one has to struggle alone with their mental health. So much of the work that we do through services such as Moving On Tyne & Wear is focused on connecting people with others and building up their support networks, to not only boost their wellbeing but help them to integrate into their communities.
We’re so proud to lead Moving On Tyne & Wear, which supports people who may be feeling socially isolated due to being out of work, by building their confidence and helping them get back on track to achieving their employment goals.”
For referrals into Moving On Tyne & Wear;
- Head to our online referral form
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or call 0191 217 3206
We hope that no one feels alone, but we’re here to support you to move forward if you do.