Loneliness is a reality for way too many people in our society today. It's time to change it together.
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.
“Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health so we much find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.”
- Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation
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 booklet below to find some inspiration!