Loneliness affects millions of people across the UK, and is one of the driving factors of poor mental health – which has grown significantly since the pandemic. The pandemic saw an increased number of people isolated from their peers, forced to stay away from family and friends, and lacking the social aspects they once had. Though the world is getting back to normal and people are encouraged to return to their old ways – it is far easier said than done, as many are still struggling with the effects this loneliness has had on their health.
This Mental Health Awareness Week we aim to raise awareness around the topic of loneliness, and how it can affect our mental health. We encourage you to explore the experience of loneliness, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “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. That is why we have chosen it as our theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health so we much find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this. The week is also an invaluable opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health, with a focus on providing help and advice.”
Here at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, we take great pride in the community we’ve made, and within this community are many businesses committed to bettering the mental health of their employees, and the general public – whether it be through their business idea or their employee wellbeing practice.
Award-winning, revolutionary recruitment app imployable, has wellbeing at its core. The app connects people with employers, voluntary organisations, and training providers to help increase employability amongst the unemployed. Helping people get into work and into a role suited for them is essential in helping tackle many factors that can lead to mental health issues.
As well as their care for the general public, last year, founder Peter Kelly introduced a 4-day working week for his employees, after realising the need for a positive work-life balance, helping employees feel more productive, whilst also having more personal time – helping increase positive wellbeing whilst at work.
Wellity Global is the recognised and trusted provider of mental health and wellbeing training solutions for some of the world’s most respected organisations. Wellity provides a complete solution to managing staff wellbeing. Bringing award-winning training and consultancy services to workforces across the world, Wellity provides organisations with everything needed to improve staff mental wellbeing, meet legal obligations and gain a substantial and proven ROI. Wellity is working to make workplace wellbeing practices a norm for all businesses – one step at a time.
One Year no Beer is helping people daily with their relationships with alcohol – alcohol abuse is one of the leading factors in declining mental health, and with the help of One Year no Beer, you can help tackle your relationship with alcohol today. With a 95% success rate, One Year no Beer is helping people overcome their struggles, through fun challenges, programmes, on-hand support, and community.
Being Woman is an award-winning charity, with the aim to promote good mental health, self-esteem and emotional resilience of women and girls through supportive interventions. Being Woman partners with local and nationwide organisations, local authorities, schools, criminal justice education services and others, to deliver workshops and educational programmes to young girls and women in a variety of settings. Introducing these workshops and programmes in the workplace could help increase the positive wellbeing of women in the workplace.
Watch our youtube playlist – full of short videos providing insight and advice from founders and brands who prioritise wellbeing.
Do you have a business that cares about mental health and wellbeing? Help us shine a light on your business by applying for this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards here.