This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek (9th – 15th May) with a theme of loneliness – something we all can experience at some point in our lives, which can have a huge impact on our wellbeing.
Sometimes it can be easier to reach out to someone else who may be feeling lonely. As part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport alongside the Department for Health and Social Care are continuing to encourage people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely. If we do this regularly, we can all help to lift each other up.
We know there are some fantastic organisation’s in Berkshire and while you may not need them now it is always good to know who and where we can turn to when we or a loved one needs a bit of support. Some are running special events this week including;
Stepping Stones @ Bracknell Recovery College, Friday 13th May @ 6pm. Do you sometimes feel isolated? different from other people? unable to cope? How can we help you? Suitable for people aged 18 to 35 years who live in Bracknell Forest area. Click here.
Wokingham Recovery College offers free mental health and wellbeing courses, workshops and support groups. Anyone over 18 years of age living in Wokingham Borough can access these courses. Click here for their summer timetable. For those battling loneliness in Wokingham BC, The Friendship Alliance provides community spaces, cafés and pubs and will offer to host a “Friendship Table” on a regular basis, encouraging people to meet up, connect with others, and feel supported.
Slough CVS has been running a variety of courses this week with other organisations. On Monday 23rd they’re running a free webinar for young people to help with their mental health and wellbeing. Click here for details. On Thursday 9th June they’re running a workshop looks on how to stress less effectively. Click here for details.
Recovery in Mind is on a mission to improve the lives of adults living in West Berkshire with mental health challenges by delivering free of charge, inspiring and empowering courses. Take a look here
Sport in Mind ® is an award winning mental health charity that was formed in Reading, Berkshire in 2010 with a simple mission:
“To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity”
Ready Friends, project is all about supporting local people, communities and voluntary sector groups to reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading. For further details click here.