Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. The week's theme, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), is ‘Loneliness’. 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.
Throughout the week, there will be a focus on Loneliness and Later Living. The Housing LIN would like to show support by drawing attention to a selection of Mental Health and Loneliness and Later Living resources, including:
Diversity in Care Environments (DICE)
The resources on this webpage are based on findings from the Diversity in Care Environments research study, conducted by the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, in collaboration with the International Longevity Centre-UK and the Housing Learning and Improvement Network.
Strategy for an Ageing Society: Delivery Plan 2022
This delivery plan, published by Llywodraeth Cymru Welsh Government aims to raise awareness of older people’s rights, tackle age related poverty, improve public services and spaces and reduce loneliness by promoting volunteering.
- An A-Z of organisations and websites on ageing, loneliness and social isolation: A Housing LIN Practice Briefing
This Housing LIN Practice Briefing presents a list of organisations and online resources that are aimed to provide information and additional support to those wanting to find out more about, or to access key services, around the issue of loneliness and isolation.
MHF has also created co-produced 'top tips' for people in later life (opens new window). You can find out more here (opens new window).
Participate in Mental Health Awareness Week by using the hashtag #IveBeenThere to share experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum. You can also sign up to walk, run or job as part of our 80 Miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
Lastly, we'll be hosting a HAPPI Hour - Standing Together Project – Supporting older people’s mental health and wellbeing through communities on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm. This session will be led by the Mental Health Foundation and will feature the evaluation of the Standing Together Cymru project in Wales.
If you found these resources of interest, please do also have a look at the pages on Mental Health and Housing and Loneliness and Later Living resources curated by the Housing LIN and supported by MHF and Clarion Housing Group. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about how the Housing LIN can provide you with bespoke support, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or look at our consultancy page.