• Vicky Taylor

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022


Today marks the first day of Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 with this years theme focusing on loneliness.


At different times in our lives we may each experience feelings of loneliness, whether for you this means feeling isolated, feeling disconnected from others or feeling alone in a crowd. There is no shame in feeling lonely.


When we consider loneliness especially in relation to our mental health this may at times feel as though it is a vicious cycle. If you’re experiencing difficulties relating to your mental health you may feel isolated, you may feel like there’s nowhere to turn or feel scared to share how you’re feeling. You may feel you aren’t understood or heard by others which may at times impact on our ability to relate or connect with others. Individuals who feel lonely or isolated may in turn experience feelings of low mood and depression and may find that their mental health is affected by feelings of loneliness or isolation. We can become caught in a cycle of low mood – depression – isolation and loneliness and we might at times feel stuck, helpless or powerless within this cycle.


Over the next week Mental Health Foundation have a range of activities and resources available aimed at supporting us to tackle loneliness together. For more information regarding the resources available including practical steps we can take to tackle loneliness please visit the Mental Health Foundation website here.

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