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Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event where there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The aim of the event is to raise awareness and spread useful resources to those who need them. The below resources are able to be used by anyone experiencing loneliness.

Please note, that you may find the following subject and resources difficult to read. If you are in crisis now, there are organisations that can help. You can call the Samaritans anytime, day or night, on 116 123.

Why loneliness?

The theme this year is loneliness. Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK 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.

Resources

Below are some loneliness resources Community First Yorkshire have created to offer support to those who feel lonely.
Loneliness can affect us all at one time or another, whether that be socially, at work or in our families.
Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.

The Loneliness Campaign

The Loneliness Campaign North Yorkshire was created to help support and inspire more local action on the subject of tackling loneliness across the county.

Read more here.

Youth Loneliness Toolkit

Our youth loneliness campaign, Stand Up To Youth Loneliness, was created in consultation with young people from across the county, highlighting the issues surrounding the social isolation that affects young people and encouraging conversations about loneliness so that this stigma is reduced.

Read more here.

Workplace Loneliness Toolkit

With more people working from home, there are fewer opportunities for face-to-face contact with colleagues, leaving some people feeling more isolated and alone.

We’ve brought together some useful information and resources to highlight the importance of addressing loneliness and give some practical tips on tackling loneliness in the workplace.

Read more here.

Blogs on Loneliness

Combating Loneliness Through Volunteering

Research by both the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and NVCO has shown that volunteering in itself is associated with enhanced wellbeing, not only for individual volunteers but also for communities as a whole.
Read more of this blog here.

Stand up to Youth Loneliness

Stereotypically, when we are asked to consider loneliness we picture someone who is elderly, perhaps frail, trapped in their home and struggling to connect with others in the wider world. But loneliness is not just something which affects the elderly.
Read more of this blog here.

Podcasts on Loneliness

Voices of North Yorkshire

In our Voices of North Yorkshire series, colleagues from The Loneliness Campaign North Yorkshire project talk with residents about loneliness and how it’s affected them.