Mental Health Awareness Week

  • Monday 9th May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week – Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May 2022

 

This week is mental health awareness week, with a particular focus on loneliness. Millions of people in the UK are affected by loneliness and it has a significant impact on mental and physical health.

Some statistics on loneliness:

  • Half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all
  • In total , 45% of adults feel occasionally, sometimes or often lonely in England. This equates to twenty five million people.
  • Research by Sense has shown that up to 50% of disabled people will be lonely on any given day.
  • Loneliness increases the risk of health conditions such as heart disease and stroke
  • Research showed that loneliness increased during the pandemic, particularly for young people.

(Taken from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk and https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org 

Wrestling with isolation and relatedness, and navigating how to be with others, is an inherent challenge of life. Many existential thinkers, writers, and artists have considered these themes. We will be tweeting about some of our favourites this week, so check out our twitter @NSPCinfo @existentialacad and instagram page @nspcinfo.

Also, have a look at the article on loneliness written my NSPC’s new course leader for the Pastoral Care Programmes Elizabeth Young on the NSPC website homepage.