Mental Health Awareness week is taking place from the 9th to the 15th May 2022. This years theme is loneliness, which seems fitting given the last couple of years we’ve experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic! Across the week mental health organisations are encouraging us to build meaningful connections with family, friends, colleagues and communities.
Loneliness and Mental Health
Most people will have felt lonely at some point in their lives. Loneliness can be both a driver for and a product of poor mental health.
The ‘stay at home’ and social distancing rules implemented throughout the pandemic changed the way we interacted with others, be that family, friends and professionals. Many of us were not able to see loved ones for long periods of time and work and healthcare appointments shifted to take place online, avoiding the need for face-to-face contact. Even as we’re emerging from the social restrictions of the pandemic, significant aspects of our day to day lives are still taking place online due to ease and cost-effectiveness. These changes have had a huge impact on the way we form and maintain meaningful connections with others. This is a really important time to pause and think about how we can raise awareness of the link between loneliness and poor mental health and take steps to address this.
Check out the links below for more information and resources to help you get involved!