Portner is pleased to support Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, taking place between 9 and 15 May. This year, the aim is to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.
One in four adults feels lonely some or all of the time. Feeling lonely from time to time is normal, but it can negatively affect our mental health if it becomes severe or long-lasting.
There’s no single cause for loneliness, but certain risk factors increase our chances of lasting loneliness. These include being widowed, being single, being unemployed, having a long-term disability or health condition, and living alone.
There’s a stigma about loneliness that can make it hard for people to talk about. People worry about being judged or feeling like a burden.
There are things we can all do to cope with loneliness and prevent some of the negative feelings and mental health problems that come with it. Some ideas suggested by the Mental Health Foundation are doing things you enjoy that keep you busy, taking part in activities that stimulate your mind, doing some physical exercise, and engaging with people in your daily life.
Portner understands the vital importance of mental health, and last year signed up to the Mental Health at Work commitment, which you can read about here. We believe that such initiatives and embracing weeks like Mental Health Week generates a greater willingness to discuss and learn about mental health and creates a healthier, more positive working environment.
We are proud to say that trainee solicitor Elisa Rovelli and paralegal Chandni Kakkad are both St John Ambulance accredited mental health responders. Partner Daniel Broughton and consultant Karen South have also recently undertaken the same course and hope to become accredited shortly.
You can find lots of interesting advice and information about Mental Health Week, loneliness and mental health generally on Mental Health Foundation’s website. #IveBeenThere