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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
This week (9th – 15th May) marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week – with the theme this year being loneliness.
As the Mental Health Foundation state, this years theme was chosen as ‘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. ‘
Working with our staff and learners, we will be exploring the topic of loneliness, what this means, how it impacts our mental health and well-being and what we can do to combat this.
Students at Inclusion College will also be taking part in some health and well-being sessions such as a yoga workshop.
Throughout this week and the next, we will be running our ‘Ripple Effect’ campaign, based on the idea that even the smallest action and connection can have a big impact on those around us.
Learners will be creating their own Ripple Stones – sharing messages of hope and support to anyone who may be feeling lonely. These will be placed around the community to offer a sense of connection to anyone who sees them – and letting them know that they are not alone.
Look out for photos and updates on the campaign throughout the week here and on our social media channels.
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou
“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafiz
“Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate and love yourself” – Robert Tew
” I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” – Mother Teresa
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Young Minds: Text YM to 85258
Papyrus: 0800 068 4141
CALM: 0800 58 58 58