Reducing loneliness this festive season
Loneliness can have a huge impact on our mental health, and many find it hard to say that they are lonely.
Councillor Bruno De Oliveira, chair of the Health & Wellbeing, said:
“As the festive season begins, many people feel increasingly disconnected, and loneliness poses a real threat to mental health. Images of togetherness and family are everywhere, and it can be a very hard time of year for those that are lonely.
“Social activities, support groups, and community services are vital for those experiencing loneliness and communities play a pivotal role. By helping to connect people with local resources we can address social, emotional, and psychological needs.
“We can all help, check in with friends, family, neighbours - arrange to meet up, pop round, give them a call, send them a message, or share something with them on social media.
“There are plenty of community-based activities and organisations in Brighton & Hove and, by working together and looking out for each other, we can build a stronger, more connected community.
“If you are feeling lonely yourself, reach out to someone else, find local clubs and community activities to join, or investigate volunteering opportunities. And if you need to, get in touch with support services.”
Brighton & Hove City Council works closely with local partners, Together Co, and Time to Talk Befriending, and the city has the largest network of befrienders in the UK.
Find information, support, or someone to connect with
- Get information to help you understand and advice to help you deal with loneliness from NHS Better Health – Every Mind Matters.
- Find out more about Together Co’s befriending, social prescribing, and buddying services.
- Find out more about Time to Talk Befriending.
- Together Co and Time to Talk Befriending can both be accessed through our Ageing Well service who provide information, services and activities for people aged 50+ in Brighton & Hove.
- Volunteer to become as a befriender with Together Co or Time to Talk Befriending or find another opportunity.
Mental Health Support
- E-wellbeing – local mental health advice & support for children and young people experiencing loneliness: https://e-wellbeing.co.uk/feelings/i-feel-lonely/
- UOK – a network of free local services for adults to support good mental wellbeing. Find out more online or phone 0808 196 1768.
- Sussex Mental Health Line – people of all ages can call NHS 111 and select the mental health option for free 24/7 mental health support from clinicians.