(WHO - World Mental Health Report 2022) show a significant increase in the deterioration of mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan. The Covid 19 pandemic, as well as the alarming global economic crisis has added considerable stress and strain on young people, families, individuals and within the work environment.
WHO statistics show an increase in Anxiety and Depression as well as in severe mental health conditions. It is reported that stigma and a lack of understanding of both the origins and the signs and symptoms of mental ill health remains high, often leaving sufferers feeling isolated and lonely. Over 9 million people in the UK are lonely at any given time (Wavelength Oct 20, 2022). It is clear therefore that feelings of loneliness are a sign and signal that all is not well and without attention, could lead to – or indicate a mental ill health condition. Those affected often suffer in silence and feel increasingly unable to reach out for help, often because they feel shame or burdensome. The health and wealth of our nations is often based on and measured by a range of statistics gathered by notable professional bodies. Nevertheless, mental health is everyone’s business, we are all impacted by it one way or another. In the absence of appropriate joined-up public services and the woeful lack of service provision, we can all play a part to lend a helping hand and open our hearts. By looking out for people in our communities whom we suspect may be experiencing loneliness, we can directly tackle the stigma associated with mental ill health – kindness such as this can save lives!
The Wavelength link here is a very helpful guide to how we might help.