The week commencing 9 May 2022 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and this year’s theme is loneliness.
“There’s one in 20 people in the UK who say they often or always feel lonely,” says Catherine Seymour, head of research at the Mental Health Foundation. “For them, their lives feel like they’re always locked down.”
At GWAAC, we understand that traumatic and life-changing events can affect people in different ways, including a sense of loneliness. Whilst our crew does its very best at the scene of an incident, the charity can provide ongoing support to patients and their relatives and friends. The Patient Support section on our website is a good place to start.
For other ideas to help combat loneliness the NHS offers a helpful list of things to try, complete with what not to do. It’s important to remember, however, that different things work for different people:
As a charity that provides a service to our local communities, we see the value in how getting involved in community events can also help. The community spirit and the sense of coming together can feel wonderful.
You might want to consider volunteering for GWAAC. We offer many different volunteering opportunities and whichever one you choose you’ll be helping to save lives in your community.