Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Monday 9th May -Sunday 15th May marks National Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. The theme this year is loneliness, The Mental Health Foundation are encouraging people to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag “#IveBeenThere”­ to share personal stories and experiences. Watch their short video about the campaign below.

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, Community Action Norfolk will be sharing resources from the NHS #EveryMindMatters campaign. We understand the impact that loneliness can have on your mental health, so we are here to share resources and help you to get involved in your community where you can.

Fancy a cuppa? Fancy a walk? Sometimes reaching out to each other with as little as three words can make a big difference. As part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are encouraging people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely. If we do this regularly, we can all help to lift each other up. Feeling lonely is something that all of us can experience at any point and it can have a huge impact on our wellbeing. It’s important to remember that these feelings can pass and that there are lots of ways we can help each other too. Find out how you can help to lift someone out of loneliness here.

The NHS website has a number of resources that can help you to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week here, or support you with your own mental wellbeing along with looking out for others. There are also a number of virtual events and in-person events happening over the course of the week, you can find more details and sign up to them here.

Community Action Norfolk also work with CANConnect to provide practical support to those dealing with social isolation and loneliness in Norfolk. Anyone over 18+ can refer to the service and we currently support clients in the North Norfolk and Breckland District areas. If you are outside of those areas, we can signpost you to Better Together or Lily, who cover the remaining areas of Norfolk.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to help those struggling with loneliness or wellbeing, please visit here. Or, if you are concerned about your wellbeing or the wellbeing of someone close to you, you can refer to our service here.

We also run regular monthly coffee mornings via Zoom, which act as chance for you to chat with some of the team whilst getting advice from local support groups and businesses. So far we have hosted mindfulness sessions with Paula Vale, and how you can save on energy bills with Steve Nunn. You can find out more and register for a free ticket here - We hope to see you there!