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NORTHERN POWERGRID SUPPORTS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022Northern Powergrid has been showing its support for Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. 

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the week is in its 22nd year and runs from 9 to 15 May.

This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. Across the country, people have been reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

During the week Northern Powergrid has shared with its colleagues information about the 2022 campaign and ideas on how to help colleagues reconnect with family, friends, colleagues, wider community and most importantly – themselves.

Michelle Cummings, Northern Powergrid’s Social Responsibility Manager, said: “Throughout the pandemic we’ve proactively supported our colleagues and promoted the importance of mental health.  

“We continue to regularly share tips and guidance on mental health benefits from exercise, mindfulness, diet and relationships through our ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ campaign.

“Mental Health Awareness Week has helped us talk about the impact of loneliness and offer suggestions to help our colleagues reconnect and potentially reach out to help others who may be experiencing it. The week also provides a great opportunity to remind our people about our team of more than 60 mental health first aiders who are there for them as well as our free 24/7 employee assistance programme.”

Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic. 

“Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.

“Loneliness deserves more attention and we’re calling on everyone who has struggled as a result of being lonely to share their experiences. We must work together - as individuals, as a society and through government policy - to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems by investing in welcoming, social spaces and new community initiatives.”

Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • During Mental Health Awareness Week use the hashtag  #IveBeenThere to share experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum.
  • Sign up to walk, run or jog as part of our 80 Miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #IveBeenThere and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek