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Combatting loneliness: Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

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Mental Health Awareness Week, ran by Mental Health Foundation takes place from 9-15 May and this year’s theme is Loneliness’. We've been sharing content across GMMH’s communications channels, including social media platforms raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.

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Feeling lonely is something that all of us can experience at any point and it can have a huge impact on our wellbeing. It’s important to remember that these feelings can pass and that there are lots of ways we can help each other too.

As part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are encouraging people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely. If we do this regularly, we can all help to lift each other up. 

There are lots of simple actions that you can do to help, including:

  • Checking in with a family member, friend or neighbour by sending a text or giving them a call to see how they are doing
  • Reaching out to someone to suggest catching up over a tea or coffee 
  • Inviting someone to join you in getting some fresh air and going for a walk

In taking one of these actions, you could lift someone out of loneliness, and it might help you feel less lonely too.

Find out more by searching for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek on our Twitter or visit the Every Mind Matters site

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