This year, Mental Health Awareness Week will run from 9th to 15th May. This annual event, which focuses on improving good mental health across the nation, is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

This year’s theme will explore the impact of loneliness and how we can tackle it, following recent research by the Mental Health Foundation that showed that many people have increasingly been suffering from feelings of isolation and loneliness which has led to harmful consequences. They also discovered an increased demand from the public to see loneliness being addressed as a serious topic requiring urgent action.

Given the theme of loneliness, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in partnership with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities will continue to encourage people to ‘Lift someone out of loneliness’ as part of the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign.

The campaign will continue to point people towards the Every Mind Matters Loneliness webpage, where there is advice for ways to help yourself or others who may be feeling lonely and suggested support routes Loneliness – Every Mind Matters – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

We would love your support during the week to help spread this important message across your channels and beyond. Campaign assets can be downloaded from the Campaign Resource Centre

Short Film https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/lifes-challenges/loneliness/