TTVS is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week in Torridge
This year the theme is ‘Loneliness’ which affects millions of people across the UK.
Monday 9 May 2021: Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.
The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May.
This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. At TTVS we understand how challenging rural and social isolation can be and that they are two very large factors in loneliness. Across Torridge, we will be offering our services to those who have been impacted and affected, these range from a befriending programme for older people through to breaking down social isolation for our young carers. We also run memory cafes for people living with dementia and ensure people stay warm, safe and well in their own homes though our Financial Inclusion project. We will also be supporting MHAW through our social media and raise community awareness in our Volunteer Centre.
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“Loneliness is part of being human…it reminds us that were not entirely complete by ourselves”
Sometimes we need our friends or family, sometimes we need an ear to listen to us, sometimes we just need someone there. With a charity like ours and our partners around…YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.
#IveBeenThere -Danny O
Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:
“We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic.
“Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.
“Loneliness deserves more attention and we’re calling on everyone who has struggled as a result of being lonely to share their experiences. We must work together - as individuals, as a society and through government policy - to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems by investing in welcoming, social spaces and new community initiatives.”