Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, has grown to be one of the major awareness weeks – both nationally and internationally.
This year the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is loneliness.
Suicide prevention charity Samaritans has revealed that the Covid pandemic has led to more people calling its helpline about loneliness and isolation.
Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic. Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.”.
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Sue White, Head of Client Relations and Mental Health First Aider, comments: “We have been pro-active in reducing loneliness and preventing mental health problems at Church House Westminster by investing in welcoming workspaces (both in-person and online) and new initiatives to foster a sense of community within our teams.”
Ways to participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
● Using the hashtag #IveBeenThere to share experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum.
Find out more about mental health and wellbeing at Church House Westminster.