Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 - Loneliness

Loneliness and mental health

Why loneliness?

Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.

In May 2022, we wanted to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.    

Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.

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 2022, we raised awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.  

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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
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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 respond as individuals and across society.

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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

Loneliness school pack

This pack explores what loneliness is, how it can affect our mental health, and the different ways we can connect with ourselves, others and the world around us to feel less lonely.

View the loneliness school pack

A student guide to loneliness

This guide is aimed at students aged 16+, it explores loneliness and the links to mental health and provides tips for students together with ideas of how to get involved and raise awareness in communities, at school, college or university.

View the student guide to loneliness

A young parent guide to loneliness

The Mental Health Foundation and The Lullaby Trust have developed this guide to support young parents who may be feeling lonely.

View the young parent guide

Loneliness - a guide for teachers and education staff

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, Education Support in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation has produced a guide to support teachers and education staff with the experience of loneliness.

View the teachers and education staff guide

Loneliness - the later life toolkit

Loneliness for people in later life can be a real challenge on a daily basis. Many older people may become lonely due to the loss of a loved one or spouse, relocation to new settings or it may be due to having developed an illness or a disability.

View the loneliness later life toolkit

Stories about loneliness

We can all experience loneliness. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, we are proud to bring together a collection of inspirational and moving stories of people's experiences of loneliness.
Read stories of loneliness
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Support Mental Health Awareness Week

You can help support Mental Health Awareness Week this year by donating to help our programmes continue their fight for good mental health for all through tackling loneliness.

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Loneliness - Let's Talk: Mental Health podcast

In the Let's Talk: Mental Health podcast, Jennie Walker gets together guests to chat about how loneliness has affected their own mental health.

Support us

If you wish, you can support us by donating to help our programmes continue their fight for good mental health for all.
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