Head Office Circular NP/110/22
Our Ref: HSR/1/9
5th May 2022
ALL REGIONAL COUNCILS
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
I write in regard to Mental Health Awareness week which is taking place Monday 9th May to Sunday15th May 2022. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week is loneliness, its effect on mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.
Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and is a key driver of poor mental health. Research has shown that loneliness has been exacerbated by the pandemic, contributing to higher levels of distress, resulting from people’s sense of isolation and reduced ability to connect with others.
Please try to raise awareness amongst your members of the impact of loneliness on mental wellbeing and the practical steps that can be taken to address this - as loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.
You can find out more information here at the Mental Health Foundation web site https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
I am also taking this opportunity to re-circulating the RMT pamphlet “Campaigning for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work”. This can be accessed online at: http://bit.ly/38lbDsD, it is intended to improve conditions for mental wellbeing in the workplace. The pamphlet can also be found on RMT web site page on mental health, along with other information which may be of use.