• Orlaith Comer

Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15 May 2022

Mental Health Awareness week in the UK this year occurs from 9th – 15th May, with this years’ theme being loneliness – something we’ve all experienced at least once, especially over the last few years with the number of people affected by loneliness increasing due to the pandemic. We can all play our part in ending the stigma around this, which is what Mental Health Awareness Week encourages us to do. Everyone is encouraged to educate themselves on mental health issues and how they can affect others, so we’re going to dive a little deeper into this years’ theme;

How common is loneliness and how does it affect a person –

It is estimated that around 33% of adults have felt loneliness worldwide, with this number increasing due to the pandemic. Loneliness can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, and emotional distress. For people who already suffer with social anxiety, loneliness is very common. It can be very isolating and draining for a person.

What can we do?

Reach out to your family and friends, and check in on how they’re feeling. Being an ear to listen can help someone more than we may realise sometimes!

Encourage kindness.

Spread awareness, by spreading awareness we’re ending the stigma and encouraging people to talk.

Educate yourself on mental illness, the more we know the more we can help.

The likelihood is that we all know someone experiencing loneliness at the minute, so take this opportunity to reach out to those around you and let’s start conversations to reduce loneliness around us.

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