Mental Health Awareness Week At Sandicliffe
At Sandicliffe we are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week by offering support for those suffering from loneliness.
May 09, 2022
At Sandicliffe, we are using Mental Health Awareness Week to support the Mental Health Foundation. This year, Mental Health Awareness Week is focused on combating loneliness.
Mental Health Awareness Week starts today. Here at Sandicliffe, we are putting our full force behind this initiative. Led by the Mental Health Foundation, from the 9th until the 15th of May they will be prompting support, advice and awareness for mental health issues that can affect us all.
For the last 21 years, the Mental Health Foundation has been selecting a new theme to discuss during Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, the theme is loneliness. Dealing with loneliness is more important than ever after the pandemic. With many people forced into isolation, loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK.
Loneliness can have a massive impact on our physical and mental health. So, this Mental Health Awareness Week will focus on raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing. We will also provide practical steps we can take to address its effects and offer information to our staff and customers to support the goals of the Mental Health Foundation.
What can we do to prevent loneliness?
Whether you are giving support or requiring help, achieving good mental health in our community is something that we can all contribute towards. So, this Mental Health Awareness Week we will be doing everything we can to lessen the burden of loneliness for any of our staff and customers that are struggling.
The amount of social media and connectivity that we have in the modern-day can be a strong ally in the fight against loneliness. Staying in touch via video calls, Whatsapp or just regular phone calls can massively help if you or someone you know is struggling with loneliness, even if they are far away.
Some people find it difficult to talk about their mental health. So, reaching out to your friends, family and colleagues can make a huge impact on someone's life. You never know when something as small as a message or a letter can drastically change someone's outlook for the better.
Combatting loneliness at Sandicliffe
The first simple step you can take is to have a conversation. By talking to HR, your colleagues, your friends and your family, you can start to alleviate the burden of loneliness. At Sandicliffe, we also support the charitable efforts of “Ben” and work with “Time To Talk” to offer more mental health support for our staff. These initiatives include:
Supporting “Ben” charity
“Ben” works directly with the automotive industry to help people to navigate life’s challenges. They aim to help people working in our industry to make positive, lasting changes to their lives and their mental health. Whether it’s support through a crisis or just a friendly chat, “Ben” is here to provide flexible consultation and care for those who need it.
If any of our team are worried about their physical health, mental health or general wellbeing, “Ben” will be able to offer the support they need. Their specialists are dedicated to assisting with anxiety, depression, money worries, trouble sleeping or anything else in between. By working with “Ben”, we can help to make a difference this Mental Health Awareness Week.
Promoting “Time To Talk”
Wherever you are in the UK, “Time To Talk” can help you with anything you need to talk about. The scheme is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in England, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and See Me in Scotland, Inspire and Change Your Mind in Northern Ireland and Time to Change in Wales.
They are dedicated to creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. At Sandicliffe, we promote “Time To Talk” as an outlet for any of our staff and customers who may be struggling. Having someone to talk to when you need it most can lower the impact of loneliness, even after Mental Health Awareness Week.