Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

An older man sitting by himself

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 9 – 15 May. This year, the official theme is ‘loneliness’. Every day during the week, we’ll be sharing a new film from one of our services or an organisation we partner with showing how we help participants tackle feelings of isolation through peer support, shared activities, befriending and more. Our service managers will also be offering their tips and advice on how to build meaningful connections with friends, family, colleagues and communities.

The impact of loneliness

A woman gazing out of a window and holding a coffee cupLoneliness affects millions of people and is a key cause of poor mental health. The Campaign to End Loneliness estimates that nine million people in the UK are lonely. Recent research by the organisation revealed that levels of loneliness across Britain have still not returned to pre-Covid levels.

So what can you do if you’re feeling isolated? Staff and participants of BLG Mind’s services share their personal experiences of tackling loneliness, as well as the practical steps you can take to address it.

An elderly woman looking out of a window

Day 5 - loneliness and dementia

Loneliness can be common for people living with dementia, as well as family members or friends who care for them. But there are things you can do which may ease the burden, as Greenwich dementia services manager Sinéad explains.

Watch the film. 

A young Asian man looking out of a window

Day 4 - loneliness in BAMER communities

Feeling valued and accepted by others helps us feel we belong. But what if we’re treated differently because of the colour of our skin or another defining feature? Peer Support manager Smita and participants from the service discuss the barriers to belonging and how peer support helps overcome them.

Watch the film.

A mother holding a baby and gazing out of a window

Day 3 - loneliness and the new parent

The endless demands of a new baby coupled with sleepless nights and a huge change in interactions with others can frequently lead to new parents feeling isolated. Staff and participants from our Being Dad and Mindful Mums groups share their advice on coping.

Watch the films.

Day 2 - young onset dementia

Dementia can be isolating at any life stage, but when a person develops it before the age of 65, the sense of being set apart from others can be even more profound. Our Young Onset Dementia Activists discuss how the group has helped them, while manager Saira offers practical tips on coping with feelings of isolation.

Watch the film

A young male student walking through a glass door

Day 1 - student life

From the outside, student life can look enviable: an endless round of people and parties with very little responsibility. But for many students college life is excruciatingly lonely. Students from Greenwich University share their advice on forging friendships.

Watch the film.