This Mental Health Awareness Week is exploring the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the difference connecting with others can make. There are many ways you can get involved, support the campaign and build meaningful connections.
Loneliness affects many of us at one time or another and we know that it can be both the driver for and a product of poor mental health. Sometimes if you’re already feeling low or stressed, it might make it harder for you to reach out to people or speak about how you’re feeling with others.
If you’re looking after someone, this also might have an effect on how often you can see friends or take time for yourself. But it is so important that you try to prioritise your own mental health and wellbeing.
How to combat loneliness:
Remember you are not alone: join our carer cafes and groups.
If you’re looking after someone, you might feel a bit alone or isolated at times. Why not come along to one of our carer cafes or groups near you? A chance to meet other carers in a relaxed environment, you can talk about what’s on your mind at our carer cafes, or you can come along to one of our support groups where we often have guest speakers on a range of topics.
Rethink Mental Illness – Wiltshire Mental Health Inclusion Service has drop in hubs throughout Wiltshire where you can have a chat with one of the team from the Wiltshire Mental Health Inclusion Service. There will be the opportunity to discuss what is available to you to help your wellbeing and find community support. Feel free to pop by, have a chat and a chance to explore some useful things to support your mental health. Find out more on their Facebook page.
We’re here to talk – sign up to our Here to Talk befriending service
One of our friendly volunteers will phone you regularly, to check in on how you’re doing and have a chat about anything you’d like to talk about. Our Here to Talk volunteers are all fully trained, and DBS checked. The majority are former carers themselves, but all are great listeners regardless of their own life experiences.
Befriending isn’t counselling and your volunteer will follow your lead in what you’d like to chat about. Carers tell us that it’s nice to have someone to chat to that isn’t a friend or family member, as it allows them to really open up and talk about things they might not normally with people they know.
Join an online community
Joining an online community can be a great way of connecting with others for mutual support, stay connected with others and meet new people.
Mental Health UK has an online community called Clic, which is a free online community here to support everyone with their mental health. Clic is moderated 24 hours and has a range of mental health resources and information too.
We have a carers group on Facebook which you can also join to share tips with other carers, chat or find out information.
Carers UK has a forum for carers to join free where you can talk to other carers who understand what you are going through and who can support you through everything caring has to throw at you.
If you need more support, you can find a list of helplines, webchats, and local support that can help you with your mental health support here.
Remember you are not alone, we care because you do.
You can call us free at Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118
Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Fridays 9:30 – 4:00pm for advice or just a friendly voice.