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Mental Health Awareness week 9-15th May

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event which gives the whole of the UK an opportunity to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago, helping organise and host the yearly themed event. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.

This year’s theme is ‘Loneliness’, allowing us to raise awareness of the impacts of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.

But why Loneliness?

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 and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.

Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.

What is Loneliness?

Loneliness is the negative feeling we have when the relationships and connections we have with others are not what we want.

Loneliness is something that most of us will feel at some point in our lives, but there are certain factors that put some at a higher risk of loneliness than others.

Full-time students are among those at higher risk of feeling lonely, during the pandemic, 26% of students reported feeling lonely often or always, compared with 8% of the adult population. And although that figure decreased as restrictions eased (22%), it still remained much higher than loneliness levels in adults (6%). Even before the pandemic, 88% of Britons aged from 18 to 24 said they experience loneliness to some degree, with 24% experiencing often and 7% saying they are lonely all of the time.

By highlighting loneliness and its impact on mental health, we hope to reduce the stigma and support more people who are lonely, or at risk of loneliness.

Check out the Student Guide to Loneliness

This guide is aimed at students aged 16+, exploring loneliness, how it links to mental health, and offers tips for students and how to get involved & raise awareness in communities, at school, college or university.

British Values – What are they?

Fundamental British Values underpin what it is to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Great Britain valuing our community and celebrating diversity of the UK.

These values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance
  • Individual Liberty

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Exciting News!

Work is underway to support our Level 4 Assistant Recording Technician Apprenticeship! We are so excited to announce that this year we will be launching a BRAND NEW, fully equipped recording studio which will be available for apprentices and general public at our offices in Pride Park, Derby.

More details to come in the near future, so be sure to keep an eye out on our socials and our next newsletter.