Every year, millions of people suffer through feelings of loneliness. And according to recent studies, 1 in 5 of these people won’t reach out to anyone or ask for help, and will suffer in silence.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re discussing how you can be there for the people in your life who may be experiencing feelings of loneliness or bad mental health around this time.
Reach out and connect
Acknowledging that everyone has experienced feelings of loneliness, and that they are not alone, is a good way to broach the subject of loneliness with those around you.
Ensuring that the person suffering knows that you are there for them to talk through their feelings will help them feel less alone.
Once you have reassured them, it is important that you broach the subject on their terms. Understanding whether they want some advice or just want someone to listen to them is essential.
Staying in touch throughout the day with fellow drivers and your loved ones can have a significantly positive impact on your mental health and the mental health of those around you.
Sometimes, those of us feeling lonely will need a distraction from these feelings, and sometimes they will need to express these feelings. By starting the conversation about loneliness with those around you, you can help to create an environment where they feel safe and willing to talk about their feelings when they are ready.
While some people will be wary to open up about their feelings, making sure that they know they have someone who will listen and understand can help those suffering with bad mental health to feel less alone.
For further help and support with mental health issues please refer to the NHS online or book an appointment with your GP.