This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek; the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. 2022's theme is Loneliness, which affects millions of people across the UK. People accross the country will be reflecting on how loneliness impacts our mental health.
Feeling lonely can happen at any time and it can come and go or stay around for longer. It can strike whether in a crowd, with friends, relatives or by yourself and can be triggered by big life changes, such as moving ,relationship breakdown, losing a loved one or even have no specific trigger at all.
Beacon Counselling, a local mental health charity based in Stockport, will be supporting the #MentalHeathAwarenessWeek campaign to raise awareness of mental health, share support available and to stamp out stigma. You can follow Beacon's Twitter activity this week.
Beacon works with adults, young people and children experiencing mental and emotional distress, in schools, at workplaces and their their very own Beacon House. Their counsellors offers a safe space to explore what is important to you and to talk about difficult feelings without judgement and they offer a voluntary service for those that may not otherwise be able to access counselling. If you are experiencing depression or anxiety and would like to talk to someone, you can register an appointment with Beacon on 0161 440 0055.
During this week, Beacon has an open call out for adults to express their reflections of the pandemic and its impact within a visual submission for their new ZINE at email@example.com.
They have also extended the children's #StampOutStigma campaign, which promotes youth voice and invites all children and young people to enter the #SOS poster competition, by sending in a visual of how they take care of their mental health at firstname.lastname@example.org , with selected submissions to be gifted Amazon vouchers.
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn the light on.