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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: What can the industry do about loneliness?

This was first featured in The Drum Vox Pop: Loneliness, for Mental Health Awareness Week.

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WE'RE HUMAN BEINGS AND SOCIAL CREATURES; WE ALL NEED TO FEEL CONNECTED, LOVED AND WANTED.

By Rufus Leonard

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, our Head of People and Culture, Emily-Faye Duncan, talks about what leaders can do to tackle the stigma around loneliness and mental health:

“We all feel lonely sometimes, but when a brief sensation becomes prolonged it begins to affect our mental health. Often, people struggling with loneliness are convinced nobody feels the same way – which eats away at their confidence and makes changing the way they feel incredibly difficult.  

Much focus during the pandemic was on loneliness among the elderly, but loneliness can happen in your twenties, in a relationship, or in a busy household. We’re human beings and social creatures; we all need to feel connected, loved and wanted. 

So what can leaders do?

Mental health shouldn’t be taboo. Whilst we have done some great work on breaking the stigma, there’s still more to done and we need to continue to have those difficult conversations, to learn from each other.  

Our leaders have a responsibility to their teams, to lead by example and have conversations around mental health. Letting people know you’re there to listen speaks volumes, and it doesn’t take a leadership course to be able listen to someone, or show empathy and compassion. 

We must be aware of our responsibility, to our teams and our community. Amplifying mental health issues by starting or joining conversations, gives strength to tackling the stigma.”

See the full article here and for more on this subject, take a look at our blog on the power of creativity and the role it plays in our mental health journey. 

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