Mental Health Awareness Week

What can everyone do to combat loneliness?

Loneliness can often feel like it has taken over a person's life, leaving them feeling stuck. Even those who are thought to be the least likely to be lonely can experience these emotions. Loneliness affects not only the person experiencing it, but also those around them. Many people feel helpless when friends, family, or co-workers suffer from mental health issues, which can lead to feelings of hopelessness. That is why I wanted to provide a few pointers to get you started in reaching out and being present for those you care about.

During this week it is important to:

  • Reach out to friends and family to see how they are doing - a message, a phone call, or even a coffee in town will make a difference. This week is all about strengthening and expanding those bonds.

  • Speak with anyone and everyone - Every day, try to talk to a new person. It could be a quick hello as you pass by, a quick chat with the shop cashier, or a message to an old friend you've been meaning to contact.

  • Talk about your experiences - One of the most important aspects of mental health awareness week is stigma reduction, and sharing can help you feel lighter while also normalising the conversation about mental health and loneliness.

  • To raise awareness, share both online and offline - social media is one of the best ways to spread the word, but if you don't feel comfortable sharing online (that’s ok 😊), simply telling people around you can help just as much.

  • Educate yourself on how to achieve better mental health - there are numerous resources available online and in the community that promote good mental health. Examine mental health websites, as well as any other resources made available by independent providers, the community, universities, and schools.

  • Be mindful of the people around you - No one knows what the people around you are going through, so be aware of everyone's emotions and interact with kindness.

These are just a few of the points raised by Mental Health Awareness Week; there are many more. Furthermore, these tips aren't just for this week; they can be used at any time and are highly encouraged to do so. Trust me, it feels amazing to connect with others in such a vulnerable way. So keep in mind that the more we talk about it, the easier it becomes.

Keep an eye out for my next blog, in which I go into greater detail about loneliness and how to deal with it.

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Al Elgasim

Mighty Men Mentoring

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