Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and is a key driver of poor mental health.
Many factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing and lockdown meant that it felt more important than ever to consider how we are connecting with others.
Reports showed people felt a sense of loneliness and isolation undermining confidence in daily routines. In recent times, many of us have had far less access to loved ones.
For health and social care staff, there have been benefits such as being able to see more patients without the need to travel, but on the other side, convenience and cost efficiencies are driving more and more activities online.
How Keeping Well NWL can help
During Mental Health Awareness Week we'll help raise awareness of the impact of loneliness, mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it. Visit our self-help page where you’ll find information on:
- Tips for connecting with others
- Things you can try to help with loneliness
Loneliness and relationships - free relationship support for health and social care
If you feel a loss of connection and affection in a relationship, you may be left going through a range of different emotions. You may begin to feel a sense of isolation and separation, which may lead to feelings of loneliness.
We’re working with Tavistock Relationships to offer free relationship support for all NHS staff and social care workers.
Staff will be offered between four to six confidential and flexible sessions (mornings, evenings or weekends) with therapists via online therapy or as an individual or as a couple.
If you would like to access this offer, complete our self-referral form and select the option 'Couples counselling/Relationship difficulties'. A Keeping Well practitioner will help signpost you to more information or get in touch with Tavistock Relationships directly here.