Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: Loneliness
This year, The Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week is running from Monday 9th until Sunday 15th May 2022. The week will explore the experience of loneliness, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.
Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and is a key driver of poor mental health. The Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health in the Pandemic research has found that loneliness has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. The Foundation has been tracking loneliness levels in the UK during the pandemic and found the experience has been much higher with devastating impact. 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.
The week will raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it. Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.
Source: The Mental Health Foundation
There is a huge amount of work going on in our communities to address loneliness and we are committed to supporting initiatives tackling isolation, for example through programmes such as South London Listens.
Mental Health Awareness week - 'loneliness' and the Keeping Well Online Community Forum
Connection with others in a safe, supportive, community space can be a powerful tool in reducing feelings of loneliness.
The aim of the Keeping Well Online Community is to create a place where any person working in Health and Social Care can feel they belong…from those working in isolation in Domiciliary Care, to Managers bearing the challenges of leadership.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week, and its focus on the terrible burden of loneliness, we will be promoting how small acts of online kindness can help those who struggle feel welcomed, appreciated, and valued members of a growing community.