Mental Health Awareness Week is happening between 9th-15th May 2022. This year the official theme is loneliness.

After over 35 years of Ara supporting people with addiction and mental health problems, we’ve seen just how common loneliness is. We’ve also seen just how much of an impact being lonely has on people’s mental health.

With Mental Health Awareness Week raising awareness of loneliness this year, we will take you through some tips for dealing with loneliness, in yourself or another person. Firstly though, some client quotes from our Gambling Service, demonstrating the importance of asking for help when you feel alone:

thank you for this service. i think it's great there is a service to help people when they feel alone. it was so easy to speak to someone who isn't family. you made me understand i'm not a bad person.

These quotes show the importance of talking to someone about problems you’re facing. When feeling isolated and alone it can feel difficult to reach out for help. Some people feel like a burden to others, whilst others simply don’t know where to turn. Our gambling service can help with:

  • Free and confidential advice for anyone experiencing gambling-related harms (including friends and family members).
  • Free 1:1 counselling
  • Educational workshops for professionals to help spot the warning signs and know how to help.

Click here to get support now.

Our housing service endeavours to support people with a range of needs – find out more on our housing page.

Dealing with loneliness

This short video explains how anyone can feel lonely:

And here are some tips from Mind:

  • Take it slow
  • Make new connections
  • Try peer support
  • Try to open up
  • Talking therapies – remember you can access free counselling from Ara Gambling Service here
  • Social care
  • Be careful when comparing yourself to others
  • Look after yourself

We hope that anyone experiencing loneliness as a result of addiction problems is able to get in touch with us. Remember, you’re not alone and there is help available.

The Samaritans can be contacted at all hours of the day and night, offering a free listening service.