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Mental Health Awareness Week – Loneliness

9th - 15th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week, which is focusing on Loneliness this year.

Within Construction, work-related mental ill-health accounts for over a third of all ill-health, and with two construction workers lost to suicide each day, mental health and wellbeing within this sector is an important topic. 

This year the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week is Loneliness. Within Construction, due to the nature of some projects, loneliness can become a real life problem for some workers, and since the pandemic, loneliness has become a real life issue for many people across all industries. Therefore, it’s important to check in with yourself, your colleagues, employees, friends and family to see if you can offer any support for those in need. 

The Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May. Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic. 

Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.

Loneliness deserves more attention and we’re calling on everyone who has struggled as a result of being lonely to share their experiences. We must work together - as individuals, as a society and through government policy - to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems by investing in welcoming, social spaces and new community initiatives.

Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation

Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • During Mental Health Awareness Week use the hashtag #IveBeenThere to share experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum.
  • Download the free resources and distribute within your workplace to help raise awareness. 
  • Sign up to walk, run or job as part of our 80 Miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #IveBeenThere and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

Here at CHSG, we have compiled a range of mental health and wellbeing resources for the Construction and Associated Industries, as well as links to useful organisations.

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