This Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re raising awareness of loneliness and its impact on our mental health.
We hope that people reflect on the question: ‘Does loneliness affect our mental health?’ and realise that loneliness could lead to mental health problems.
Loneliness and its impact on our mental health:
While it’s normal to experience loneliness from time to time, in the long-term if a person always feels lonely, then it might lead to anxiety and depression.
That is why we believe it is necessary to raise awareness and educate individuals about the effects of spending too much time alone.
We know that it can be a challenge to get out and try something new, but we want to encourage you to reach out to your family, friends, and colleagues more often.
It’s really important that we build and maintain meaningful relationships with others so that we can connect and tackle loneliness together.
How can we overcome loneliness?
- Share your experiences with others:
The Mental Health Foundation suggests that one way that we can tackle loneliness is by sharing our experiences with other people. This can help to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems because it enables us to socialise and express our thoughts and emotions instead of keeping them inside.
- Check in on those around you:
Mental Health UK advises that we can also raise awareness in the workplace and our communities by actively checking in on those around us. Many have faced loneliness and isolation during the pandemic, so we need to recognise and support those that need this help.
- Take part in charity events:
Mind organises many fundraising events across the UK, including running, cycling, and trekking challenges for everyone. These challenges are open for you to join, connect with others, and play a part in supporting those with mental health problems.
Volunteering is another way to meet new people. Various charities across the UK, such as Studenteer, not only provide you with the opportunity to support a good cause that matters to you, but also to network with a diverse range of individuals. So by giving back some of your free time to help someone else, you can also talk to other people and build a support system.
Reach out for help, you are not alone.