This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 2022) aims to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing, and the steps we can take to address it.
The NHS is encouraging people of all ages to reach out for support with their mental health if they need it. Leeds has a wide range of services that are here to help people with common issues, such as depression, anxiety and stress. These services can offer advice and guidance on specific issues, or simply a listening ear.
Connor Toorish, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is ‘loneliness’. Many of us will have experienced loneliness from time to time, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Loneliness can have a significant effect on our mental health. In turn, experiencing poor mental health can make us feel even more isolated.
“There are things we can do in our everyday lives to help lift loneliness – joining a local sports club, volunteering, or checking in with loved ones. The NHS Every Mind Matters website has lots of useful, practical tips we can apply to our daily routines to have a positive effect on our emotional wellbeing.
“If things are feeling particularly overwhelming, I really encourage people to seek support from some of the fantastic services available in Leeds. Talking to someone about how you’re feeling is a great first step. Support is available via telephone, text, online chat, or face-to-face.
“MindWell (mindwell-leeds.org.uk) is the central point for mental health advice and finding support for adults in Leeds. With their useful directory, you can easily find the right service for you.
“For children and young people, MindMate (mindmate.org.uk) also offers advice on common mental health issues, as well as signposting to local services who can help.”
This post is based on a press release issued by NHS Leeds