This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs until 15 May.
This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. At JRHT, we will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. We know that some of our residents have struggled with feelings of loneliness, particularly over the last few years as a result of the restrictions placed on us during the pandemic.
We are passionately committed to working with residents to build thriving neighbourhoods and communities. As the Mental Health Foundation points out “our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health.” If you are feeling lonely, help and support is available.
Many of our care homes and the neighbourhoods in which we provide homes have vibrant activity programmes and opportunities to meet others, socialise and learn new skills. Speak to your on-site team or check community noticeboards for more information about what’s on.
If you live in York, you can contact a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) for support. LACs help you stay safe, well, independent and connected to your local community. They can point you to available resources and provide links to local services. Find out more on the City of York council website.
Talk to your GP if you feel you are really struggling with your mental health. You might also find resources like the Mind website useful. The site includes some useful tips to help manage feelings of loneliness as well as sources of support.