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Mental Health Awareness Week

by Sandra Issar

National Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, from 9 to 15 May, is a time to talk and think about mental health.

This year, the theme for the week is ‘loneliness’ which is affecting more and more people across the country and impacting our mental health.

Loneliness has no common cause. Sometimes it can be triggered by a life event or change in situation, or it may not be triggered by anything at all. Research by the Mental Health Foundation has found that loneliness has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic.

It’s really important to remember that loneliness and difficult feelings can pass.

Connecting with others

Spending time with other people, whether it’s friends, family or at work, can help us feel less stressed, isolated, or lonely. Positive and healthy connections and learning how to rely on others for support also makes us much more resilient.

There are some practical advice and tips on how help yourself or others if you or they are feeling lonely on the NHS Every Mind Matters website.

You can also get a free NHS-approved Mind Plan, simply answer five quick questions you will get a free plan with practical tips to help you manage stress, sleep better and boost your mood.

There are lots of places to which you can go or direct people for support

Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. You can contact one of the agencies below for information to support your mental health or if you are concerned about someone you know.

QWell offers adults over 19 in Knowsley free digital mental health support 24 hours a day, seven days a week with access to an extensive range of self-care information and resources such as an online journal and peer-to-peer support via moderated forums.

One-on-one counselling sessions with fully qualified wellbeing practitioners are also available 365 days a year, from midday to 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm to 10pm at weekends and holidays.

  • The Silver Line – A helpline which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for anyone aged 55 and over. It is free to call on 0800 4 70 80 90 from a mobile or landline.
  • Samaritans – a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

Think Wellbeing offers free NHS therapy for people with anxiety or low mood, to help people change the way they feel by changing the way they think.

Available to anyone aged over 16 who is registered with a Knowsley GP, you can self-refer via the website or ask your GP to refer you.  Similar services exist in other areas for those who live outside of Knowsley.