Fancy a cuppa? Sometimes reaching out to someone with as little as three words can make a big difference.

This Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15th May 2022), the theme is loneliness – something we all can experience at some point in our lives and can have a huge impact on our wellbeing.

This year’s theme will explore the impact of loneliness and how we can tackle it. This was following recent research by the Mental Health Foundation that showed that many people have increasingly suffered from feelings of isolation and loneliness which has led to harmful consequences. They also discovered an increased demand from the public to see loneliness being addressed as a serious topic requiring urgent action.

Sometimes it can be easier to reach out to someone else who may be feeling lonely. As part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport alongside the Department for Health and Social Care are continuing to encourage people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely.

Sometimes admitting we feel lonely can be hard but it’s important to remember that many others experience feelings of loneliness too, and that this feeling can pass. This Mental Health Awareness Week, we are encouraging people to reach out to others to help someone who may be feeling lonely, which might in turn help you feel less lonely too. Find more support and advice for ways to lift someone out of loneliness on the Every Mind Matters – Loneliness webpage.

Take the Mind Plan quiz to get a personalised mental health action plan with practical tips to help you deal with stress, anxiety, low mood and trouble sleeping. There is also advice on how to cope with feelings of loneliness.

There are also lots of simple actions that you can do to help others who may be feeling lonely this Mental Health Awareness Week, including:

Giving a friend or family member a call 📞

Inviting someone for a walk 👟

Reaching out to a friend for a cuppa ☕

Find out how you can help to lift someone out of loneliness