People living in Lancashire and South Cumbria are being asked to tackle their loneliness this Mental Health Awareness Week.
Running from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May, Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event led by the Mental Health Foundation, offering an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.
Health bosses and charity leaders are urging people in Lancashire and South Cumbria to address any post-pandemic loneliness they may be feeling and seek the help they need.
Fleur Carney, director of the mental health, learning disabilities and autism programme for Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership, said: “Many people feel lonely sometimes – particularly following the pandemic when people were isolated from family and friends. If loneliness is affecting your life, we urge you to reach out to one of the many support lines and services available.
“There is a huge amount of local support, opportunities for people to join an activity, become part of a club, share their experience of loneliness, and find company.
“Community and voluntary groups are critical in the support of loneliness and work alongside NHS services to provide an approach to wellbeing that prevents anyone from feeling alone.”
Many organisations are available for residents to pick up the phone and have a chat. A list of these resources can be found on the Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership website.
Some initiatives to tackle loneliness we have going on in our area include Men’s Shed, available for residents across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Anyone needing urgent mental health support should call the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Crisis Line on 0800 953 0110