Are you lonely?

Loneliness and our mental health

Loneliness affects many of us at one time or another. Research shows that loneliness can be both the driver for and a product of poor mental health.

Our society is changing fast. The pandemic has given rise to a sense of loneliness and isolation undermining confidence in daily routines. In recent times, many of us have had far less access to loved ones. Technology is enabling healthcare professionals to see more patients without the need to travel, but on the flip side of the coin, convenience and cost efficiencies are driving more and more activities online.

Our workplaces are also changing. With many adapting to home and hybrid working, we need to embrace this change while building and maintaining meaningful connections with our colleagues.

Let’s connect during Mental Health Awareness Week, and together, we can:

  • Raise awareness of the links between poor mental health and loneliness
  • Provide safe and welcoming spaces to talk and support each other
  • Upskill people to use technology and keep in touch with loved ones
  • Create an army of volunteers to support lonely people

To find out more click on the link to Devon CC’s special edition newsletter below, or go to the following resources for more ideas: Connect-for-Mental-Health-resource_interactive.pdf (mhukcdn.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com)