Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the campaign is focusing on loneliness – an issue that can affect us all at any point in our lives. Loneliness can mean different things to different people. But it’s a general sense of isolation or disconnection from other people, or a feeling that we are lacking or missing social interactions and relationships. More than 9 million people in the UK* say that they often or always feel lonely so it’s quite clear that loneliness and social isolation is a crisis that we cannot ignore. We should all unite and tackle loneliness together. There’s so much that we can do to support both ourselves and others. Have a look at our Let’s tackle loneliness together pack below to find out more!
How could you support your employees?
Loneliness can have a negative impact on mental health - various studies suggest that it can either cause or exacerbate depression, anxiety, and stress. It can result in low self-esteem, disengagement, lack of motivation, weaker coping skills, as well as negative emotions, thoughts, and beliefs.
It's a good idea to have Mental Health First Aiders in your workplace who can recognise the warning signs of mental ill health among their colleagues. They can provide a receptive ear to those in need and signpost them to appropriate places where they could get additional help. If you don't have a Mental Health First Aider in your workplace yet, get in touch with us. We offer various MHFA courses which aim to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.