Mental Health Week took place last week in the UK, but mental health year-round is something we’re passionate about at Insync Corporate Healthcare.
The theme for this year was loneliness, how loneliness affects mental health, and how everyone can play their part in reducing loneliness in our communities.
Loneliness is one of the most significant contributors to poor mental health in the UK and was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that came with it. The statistics surrounding loneliness are startling.
- 25 million (45%) adults in England say they sometimes or often feel lonely
- Loneliness can increase the chance of death by 26%
- Loneliness, living alone, and poor social connections are all as bad for health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day
- Loneliness and social isolation lead to an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke
- Loneliness is worse for your health than obesity [source]
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, responsible for Mental Health Week, said, “loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health so we find much better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this. The week is also an invaluable opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health with a focus on providing health and advice”.
How to Help Combat Loneliness
If you find yourself feeling lonely, there are some things you can do and steps you can take to try to combat this feeling. Why not try joining a class with like-minded people with whom you have something in common? You can also try reaching out to friends and family, taking daily exercise, and if you’re still struggling, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with a therapist who can help you.
Use this Mental Health Week as a reminder to take care of yourself and your mental and physical health. If you are lonely, reach out to those around you and follow some of the other steps above. If you suspect someone around you is feeling lonely, take some time to connect with them. You might make a massive difference to their day and how they’re feeling.
How Occupational Health Can Help Support Mental Health in the Workplace
Occupational Health can help to support positive mental health in the workplace. They can assist employees struggling with their mental health, including controlling risks, such as too much pressure and workload, bullying, harassment, and much more.
If you are a business looking for occupational health solutions, Insync Corporate Healthcare is here to help. We understand that employees are one of the most critical assets to any business. By proactively managing your employees’ mental (and physical) health, you’ll improve company performance, productivity, and profitability and meet your legal obligations as an employer.
Get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help support your employee’s mental health. Give us a call on 029 2076 1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone will be in touch shortly.