Tackling loneliness in HaringeyDeborah King from Mind in Haringey invites local people to get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of Haringey to focus on achieving good mental health.
It started 21 years ago and is celebrated not only in Haringey, but across the UK. Each year there is a theme and this year's theme is loneliness.
Why loneliness? It is affecting more and more of us in Haringey and has had a huge impact on our
physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.
So, between Monday 9th and Sunday 15th May, we at Mind in Haringey will be raising
awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and will be giving our community practical tips and steps we can take to address it. Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.
How can you identify what makes you lonely? Perhaps you don’t see or talk to anyone very often, or you may not feel understood and cared for when surrounded by people. Identifying the cause can help you find ways of feeling better.
Try meeting some new people. You might consider joining a class or an online community that you're interested in, or reaching out to organisations that you care about and volunteer for them.
Even if you have loads of friends, you may not feel close to them. In that situation it may help to open up about how you feel.
Social media can give a misleading impression of other people's lifestyle as it only shows what people want to share about their lives. It’s easy to feel like you are the only one that is lonely but in fact it is experienced by many people.
If you have been lonely for a while, it can feel overwhelming to meet new people. You might want to start by going to the local café or cinema where you are surrounded by people but not expected to talk.
Loneliness can have a big impact on your general wellbeing. Thinking about your eating, sleeping, self-esteem and physical health might help to identify positive changes you can make.
Lots of organisations can help you make connections. You can get in touch with Mind in Haringey using the details below.
Get in touch with Mind in Haringey:
Call 020 8340 2474