Lift someone out of loneliness: Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Published: 9 May 2022

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It's important we discuss mental health with loved ones.

Mental Health is something that each of us should be aware of. Regardless of age, background or gender, mental health issues are something that can effect anyone. 1 in 6 people will experience a mental health problem in any given week in England.

The 9 – 15 May 2022 is this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. This year focuses on reaching out to somebody and lifting them out of loneliness. Feeling lonely can affect anyone and can be a key reason in developing negative mental health. Feelings of loneliness and anxiety have also increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout this year’s Mental Health Awareness week, we are encouraging people to get in touch with loved ones to check how they are really doing. We can help those who are suffering from loneliness by simply reaching out through a text, visiting someone for a cup of tea, going for a walk and so much more.

It is important to acknowledge and discuss our mental health following the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of us may have residual mental health problems from the pandemic and we may be struggling to readjust to life as restrictions are lifted. We have all been effected by the pandemic and all in different ways. There are certain things we can do to help take care of our minds as we readjust to living with COVID-19:

  • Take life at your own pace – It can be easy to feel pressured to say yes to everything now restrictions lifted but doing so can increase feelings of anxiety. Take your time
  • Confide in family and friends – talking about our mental health openly with loved ones so they can support you and help overcome anxieties.
  • Get your information from the right sources – It can be difficult to know which sites are trustworthy. Try to stick to trusted sources like GOV.UK and the NHS webpages.
  • Make time to relax – with restrictions lifted, its easy to fill your time doing things with other people. By setting some time aside for yourself, you can make sure you have time to relax.
  • Find Routine where you can – Setting regular times for certain tasks such as a lunch break or bedtime can make a big difference.

During this years Mental Health Awareness Week, take the time to check in with a friend or loved one. Whether you just send a text, go for a walk or pop in for a cup of tea, it’s important we make sure we are all supporting each other. To learn more about Every Mind Matters, visit their webpage where you can find more information on mental health and tips for improving your wellbeing.

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