This week (9th – 15th May) marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK.
During this week the Mental Health Foundation are focusing on raising awareness of the impact loneliness can have on our mental wellbeing and steps that can taken to address it.
A report from the Mental Health Foundation (Loneliness and Mental Health Report UK) illustrates that there are many reasons that can lead to an individual suffering from loneliness including being unemployed, living alone, having a long-term health condition or disability and being a carer to name just a few.
They also provide some practical ideas on how to cope with loneliness and improve your mental health these include
- Trying to do some enjoyable things that will keep you busy
- Trying to do things that stimulate your mind
- Thinking about a physical activity
- Trying to engage with the people you meet in your daily life
- Finding people that ‘get you’
- Spending time with pets
- Trying to use social media in a positive way
- Considering talking therapies
If you’re supporting someone who is feeling lonely, they also provide some tips for you
- Don’t judge or stigmatise
- Try to make groups welcoming other people
- Try to listen and show understanding
Through everyone working together and supporting each other loneliness can be tackled.