One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at a higher risk of feeling lonely than others.
For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, the Mental Health Foundation are raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.
Loneliness affects many of us at one time or another. We know that loneliness can be both the driver of and a product of poor mental health.
Our society is changing fast. The pandemic has given rise to a sense of loneliness and isolation undermining confidence in daily routines. In recent times, many of us have had far less access to loved ones. Tech is enabling healthcare professionals to see more patients without the need to travel, but on the flip side of the coin, convenience and cost efficiencies are driving more and more activities online.
Our workplaces are also changing. With many adapting to home and hybrid working, we need to embrace this change while building and maintaining meaningful connections with our colleagues.
Balancing the demands of both work and personal life can be a challenge. From time to time, everyone has issues and concerns so to help our staff manage their work-life balance more effectively, Vigo offers access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) completely free of charge. This provides, emotional support and counselling to all employees and their immediate family 24/7.