09 May What Could You Do Today, to Help Lift Someone Out of Loneliness?
If you’ve ever struggled with loneliness, then you’re one of approximately 25 million people in the UK who report feeling lonely at least some of the time1.
Loneliness can affect anyone, at any time, at any stage of life and can be detrimental to our mental and physical health. Research suggests that lack of social connections can increase the likelihood of early death by as much as 26 percent; a comparable risk to smoking 15 cigarettes a day1.
During this years’ Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15th May, 2022), The Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign is encouraging people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by reminding us of the simple actions that we can take to support others. Here we share some practical advice and tips from Every Mind Matters that may help you, or someone you know, overcome feelings of loneliness.
Reach out and re-connect
Reach out to friends and family for a friendly chat. Perhaps there’s someone you haven’t heard from in a while? Could you reach out to them to remind them that they’re not alone? Could you create a routine to check-in with others, whether it’s in person, over the phone, or as part of a WhatsApp group?
Join a group
Being part of a group, virtual or in-person, is a great way to meet people with similar interests to yourself. Singing? Dancing? Running? Have a think about which activities you enjoy and search for a group in your area (or online).
Think about the things you enjoy the most
Spending more time doing things you enjoy can stop you focusing so much on feelings of loneliness. Spending time outdoors, doing exercise, learning a language, listening to music or to podcasts are all great ways to boost your mood, overall wellbeing and to occupy your mind.
Share your feelings – but do not compare
Try to find someone to talk to about your feelings, either with someone you know or by calling a support line. Remember to be cautious with social media. Whilst social media can be a great place to make new connections, it can be easy to compare yourself with someone else’s highlight reel.
Help someone else feel connected
Reach out to others who you think might be feeling lonely. You may be able to help someone else and help yourself at the same time! Consider whether you could make time to volunteer; it’s a great way to meet others and to do something valuable to support your local community.
More advice and details of support services, organisations and helplines is available at: NHS Every Mind Matters
MAN V FAT, bringing men together to tackle physical and mental wellbeing
As Mental Health Awareness Week gets underway, we are proud to celebrate the incredible achievements of our MAN v FAT Community, in helping men to tackle feelings of loneliness.1.
MAN v FAT is a male only weight loss programme that is designed for men who want to improve their fitness, mental and social wellbeing. What makes the programme unique however, is the group support from like-minded guys; there are always others in the same boat who are willing to offer words of support or to share their experiences.
We asked one of our MAN v FAT team members, Simon, about his experience. He told us, “The benefits of the program meant not only did I lose a considerable amount of weight I too gained some friends and improved my mental health along the way. I would recommend and have done to friends and family it’s been great for me a program even with my health issues I have achieved so much”.
“Lifting people up is what we do best at MAN v FAT…”
“Whether it’s part of our online community (MAN v FAT Challenge), or through our in-person leagues (MAN v FAT Football), we are proud to see like-minded men coming together to support each other, helping them feel connected and part of a team.” – MAN v FAT Coach
As a MAN v FAT member, you’ll also get access to support for your mental health and wellbeing with SilverCloud.
Funded MAN v FAT places are now available in Surrey. If you’re interested in joining our team, click the button below to find out more.
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