Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May.
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.”
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Good Mental Health Coop are hosting a Pop-Up Wellbeing and Information event in Drayton Community Centre on Thursday 12 May from 12.30-2pm. This event is one of a series around the city in partnership with the Portsmouth Carers Centre, and is aimed at those who are looking after a family member or friend because of illness, disability or emotional distress. However anyone is welcome to come and find out more about local wellbeing support available.