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Date posted: 9th May 2022
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this year between 9th and 15th May. The official theme this year is ‘loneliness’ and, throughout the week, people are encouraged to build meaningful connections with their friends, family, colleagues, and communities. Connections that aim to combat loneliness.
In 2020, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data regarding loneliness in Great Britain which found that 5%, that is 2.6 million people, said they “often” or “always” feel lonely. This group of 2.6 million people is described by the ONS as ‘chronically lonely’. They expressed how feelings of loneliness not only affected their mental health but also their physical health and wellbeing. The knock-on effects for those who are chronically lonely manifest both in the work place as well as at home. The ONS study suggests the largest group likely to express feelings of loneliness are working-age adults who live alone and, since the pandemic, now also work alone.
Mental Health UK, a charity that delivers support and services for some of the biggest societal challenges that pose a threat to people’s mental health these days, is asking people and organisations to consider what they can do towards tackling loneliness, isolation, and the barriers to connection. They have a four-point plan which asks people to :
Mental Health Awareness week is just a week. The struggle with mental health, however, can last a lifetime.
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