Help lift someone out of loneliness this Mental Health Awareness Week


Illustration: lift someone out of loneliness

Illustration: lift someone out of loneliness

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (9-13 May) and this year’s theme is all about helping others out of loneliness. We encourage you to support others who might be feeling lonely.

We can all experience loneliness sometimes and it can be difficult to speak about. Reaching out and checking in with your friends and family can help them feel less lonely and might help you feel less lonely too. Try calling or texting a family member or friend, invite them for a walk or invite them to catch up over a cuppa.

Barnet has many free services available that can support you and even help you support others:

For a full list of resources and support on offer, visit the Barnet Wellbeing Service.

Meridian Wellbeing are hosting a number of free to attend events to help tackle loneliness, taking place at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, NW4 4JT.

  • Mon 9 – Fri 13 May, daily: UNSPOKEN: An art exhibition created by students in further and higher education in the UK in response to their lived experience of attempted suicide. Hosted in partnership with Middlesex University and Public Health Barnet.
  • Tue 10 May, 11am-2pm: Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week with dance and tai chi workshops, networking, and lunch. Email to register your attendance.
  • Fri 13 May, 11am-1pm: Pop into the Wellbeing Café for a cuppa and a chat, try your hand at table tennis and connect with new people.