Experts offering help to tackle loneliness

Experts offering help to tackle loneliness

by Tom Martin (May 2022)

HEALTH leaders in Sefton are aiming to break the stigma of loneliness by encouraging residents to open up and talk about their experiences of loneliness and how it impacts their mental health.

Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and isolation from loved ones.

Local leaders from Sefton Council and the NHS in Sefton are using the recent Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9-15) as an opportunity to encourage conversations around loneliness.

They are taking to social media using the hashtag #SeftonInMind to share information on support services in Sefton that are available to all residents to support them with their mental health, feelings of loneliness, or to offer a listening ear to anyone who just needs to talk.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “We may feel embarrassed to talk about our feelings but it’s time to break the stigma and start the conversation’.”

To find information on mental health support services in Sefton during Mental Health Awareness Week, residents can search for the hashtag #SeftonInMind or follow the Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton CCG, and NHS Southport and Formby CCG social media channels.

People can also find a list of mental health support services for adults in Sefton at: southseftonccg.nhs.uk/mental-health-support or mental health support service for children and young people at: southseftonccg.nhs.uk/mental-health-support-children.



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