Mental Health Awareness Week

9-15 May 2022 - Loneliness

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation

Together we can tackle loneliness

One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others. 

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we're raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.  

About Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation started Mental Health Awareness Week 21 years ago and we continue to set the theme, organise and host the week. It has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.

How to cope with loneliness and improve your mental health

Dealing with loneliness can be difficult. But there are things we can all do to cope with loneliness and prevent some of the negative feelings and mental health problems that can come with it.

We've worked with people who have experienced loneliness to develop some help and advice that you might find useful for yourself or to support other people who are feeling lonely.

View our loneliness help and advice

Stories of loneliness

We can all experience loneliness. As part of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, we are proud to bring together a collection of inspirational and moving stories of people's experiences of loneliness.

Read stories of loneliness

Our loneliness report

Our new report, 'All the lonely people', explores everything to do with mental health and loneliness.

We look at why it matters, who experiences loneliness and what it feels like. The report also investigates how well people understand loneliness and suggests ways that we can repond as individuals and across society.

Our policy briefings

In recent years, the governments around the UK have rightly recognised tackling loneliness as a priority for policy action.

The Westminster Government was the first to appoint a Minister for Loneliness and to publish a strategy on tackling loneliness, and Scotland and Wales have also published loneliness strategies. It is essential that we do not lose this momentum.

Tackling loneliness in your community

We've created these resources to help tackle loneliness in some communities who are at a higher risk of feeling lonely than others.

Say #IveBeenThere

This Mental Health Awareness Week we're on a mission to let everyone living in loneliness know that their mental health matters.

Let's tackle loneliness together.

Share your experience of loneliness on social media and say #IveBeenThere

Join in on social media

Stay up to date with the latest on Mental Health Awareness Week, follow our social media account for updates on the week.

Follow the hashtags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #IveBeenThere

Previous Mental Health Awareness Week themes

Each year we focus on a different mental health topic for Mental Health Awareness Week. You can see find out more about some of the topics we've covered recently below.

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