This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 2022), an annual campaign which, this year, is raising awareness of the link between loneliness and mental health issues.
Andrew adds, "Loneliness affects the mental health of millions of people across the UK. The longer we feel lonely the more we’re at risk of mental health issues such as low mood, anxiety and depression. Sadly, loneliness is also still shrouded by shame and stigma for many.
"Some tips from the Mental Health Foundation, who host Mental Health Awareness Week, include: keeping busy with things that make you feel good; connecting with others, even if it just talking to the check-out operator at a shop; and also talking through your feelings with a counsellor or therapist."
This week is also an opportunity to share your stories of loneliness using the hashtag #IveBeenThere.
For further information on this campaign and advice on mental health, please see the following link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week