This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (9th – 15th May), an annual awareness event run by the Mental Health Foundation.
This year’s theme is loneliness, which feels particularly apt after the lockdowns and isolation we all experienced throughout the pandemic. One survey in November 2020 said around one in four adults had felt lonely in the past two weeks.
Loneliness is not a mental health condition in itself, but we know it can have a profound impact on our mental wellbeing. As one of the five ways to wellbeing, connection to other people is fundamental to our mental health.
National Mind is also launching a campaign to get more people talking about mental health. This includes some spoken word poetry, created in collaboration between experts by experience and spoken word artists. All the stories end with the tagline “If this speaks to you, then speak to Mind.” Read more about that here.