This week (9th- 15th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is “Loneliness”. The Mental Health Foundation chose this theme because of the way loneliness effects millions of us and it was something many of us experienced during the pandemic. We often hear from our carers about how lonely and isolated they feel, especially over the past two plus years.
This year we have selected some new and very interesting events/project for everyone’s mental health:
Find a local café which displays “Chatty Café’ sign and see the article below:
Check out this amazing new project “Conversation Starter” every Wednesday 10am at Horsham Park, Human Nature Garden.
More practical helpful tools and support can be found “Get Self Help” website. The resources are brilliant and the feedback is very positive:
Feel free to contact our Mental Health Carer Lead Suzana for any further information and onward referrals to our partner organisations.
West Sussex Partner Organisations
Information about Face-to-Face support and events Carers Support West Sussex are participating in can be found bellow. Please join us if you are able to.
West Sussex Mind are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week. Our vision is to stop the stigma and spread the word about mental health. During this week West Sussex Mind will be hosting information stands across the Midhurst and Chanctonbury area. If you would like to talk to someone, see what's going on locally to you, see how you can support West Sussex Mind or just pick up a leaflet, then drop by any of our locations, listed here.
- All libraries across the rural area
- Henfield Haven
- The Fernhurst Hub
- Fittleworth Village Stores
- Celebrate Mental Health event at Milland Village Stores – 11am - 1pm
- Celebrate Mental Health event at the Grange Leisure Centre – Midhurst 2-4pm
- Steyning Library 11am to 1pm for Chat about mental health with staff
- Petworth Library 2pm -4pm Chat about mental health with staff
- Wisborough Green Village Hall Workshop and meet and greet from 11am to 1.30pm
Chat about mental health with staff
- Billingshurst library 10am -12pm
- Pulborough Library 11am to 1pm
- Storrington Library 11am to 1pm
- Henfield Library 2pm to 4pm
- Mental Health event at Fernhurst The Fernhurst Hub from 2am-4pm
West Sussex Mind Help Point, Monday to Friday, 10am -4pm T. 0300 303 5652 or email@example.com
National Partner Organisations
Please see below news and support from our partners organisations, Mental Health Foundation and Mental Health UK.
Mental Health Foundation
Our recent survey of 6,000 UK adults showed that 1 in 4 people said they felt lonely some or all of the time over the last month. Severe and enduring loneliness is a key driver of poor mental health. But we still find it very hard to talk about. That is why we want to encourage people who feel able to, to share their stories using the hashtag #IveBeenThere.
Our newly published research shows anyone can experience loneliness, but there are particular groups who show an increased prevalence of loneliness that puts their mental health at risk. This includes being between 18 and 24 years of age, living alone, being unemployed and having a long-term health condition or disability.
The stigma of loneliness makes it hard for people to talk about – people worry about being judged or feeling a burden, which is why we want to shine a light on the topic and raise awareness of the links between loneliness and mental health. We've created some helpful advice on how to cope with feelings of loneliness, and how to support someone who may be feeling lonely.
Mental Health UK
While this is a key week in the mental health calendar, as you all know poor mental health can affect us all year round. We're firm believers that awareness needs to be translated into action in order to make a tangible difference to people's lives. That's why we've launched our Let's Connect campaign geared around taking steps to build and maintain genuine connections in the community, at work and in society.
Since the pandemic, our society has been changing drastically. We've had less access to loved ones, more interactions have moved online and despite 'self-isolating' being a phenomenon of the past, it's left a lasting experience in our daily lives.
“With loneliness, how people present on the outside doesn’t necessarily reflect their reality. We can be in a team, a crowd, a relationship, or even a loving family, and still feel quite alone at any age.”
As many of you know, at Mental Health UK we have a fantastic online community platform called Clic, which has supported over 6,000 people across the UK with their mental health, including Mark.
Mark is 55 years old and experiences borderline personality disorder, anxiety and sometimes panic attacks. He joined Clic after his support worker recommended the service to him and he now uses it daily, which he told us makes him feel "included".