DORSET Mind is highlighting the theme of loneliness as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The charity is hoping to encourage people to reach out for support through an online campaign and in-person events across Dorset.

Whilst not a mental health condition, loneliness can have a detrimental effect on mental wellbeing. By asking people to share their experience and the slogan ‘I’ve been there,’ the charity hopes to emphasize why we must make connecting with other people in our communities a priority.

Dorset Mind CEO, Linda O’Sullivan says, “The remedy for loneliness is connection, but the stigma that surrounds admitting you’re lonely can prevent people from asking for help. This barrier, combined with a mental health condition, can be doubly difficult to overcome.

It’s important to remember that there are organisations like Dorset Mind that can help you regain your confidence and self-esteem with a wide range of support and activities. It takes immense courage to take that first step and reach out for help. But the positive impact of doing so can far outweigh suffering in silence.”

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Weymouth’s famous Clock Tower is being lit up blue through Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9th to 15th). As the week unfolds, Dorset Mind will host a number of events aimed at engaging the community with the theme of loneliness.

The charity will co-host a wellbeing event for those aged 18-24 with AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday: between 6pm and 8pm young people are invited to step out of their comfort zones, socialise and learn something new.

Online highlights to expect this week include a roundtable film and an enlightening series of blogs. They all give a deep insight into people’s encounter with crippling loneliness. Topics such as motherhood, divorce and marriage feature, along with working on the frontline during the pandemic and a young person’s experience.

It is estimated that mental-ill health costs the economy £118billion each year, according to figures compiled by the Mental Health Foundation and London School of Economics.

Follow Dorset Mind’s social media channels to keep up to date with their Mental Health Awareness Week activities or, alternatively, visit the website: