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Mental Health Awareness Week highlights loneliness

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This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is something which can affect us all, loneliness.

Statistics suggest one in four of us have felt isolated at some point over the past month and millions across the UK every year.

The Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health in the Pandemic research revealed: “Loneliness has been an important factor contributing to higher levels of distress, resulting from people’s sense of isolation and reduced ability to connect with others.

“Further polling also found that loneliness was one of the leading issues that the public felt needed to be addressed.”

Mark Rowland, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “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.

“That is why we have chosen it as our theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health so we must find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness.

“We can all play a part in this. The week is also an invaluable opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice.”

Anyone can be involved – Mental Health UK has a Connect for Mental Health board available to download to assist you “build meaningful connections with your friends, family, colleagues, and communities throughout Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond”.

The team at Mind are using spoken word to highlight how others share their experiences throughout Mental Health Awareness Week.

If you use social media Mental Health UK are encouraging people to remind people many of us have been through loneliness by using the hashtag #IveBeenThere.

If you are struggling with your mental health please call the Samaritans helpline on 116 123