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NewsWe’re re-opening our revamped Shirley hub and supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

We’re re-opening our revamped Shirley hub and supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

We’re showing our support for Mental Health Awareness Week in May (May 9 – 15, 2022).

This year’s theme is loneliness, which affects millions of people across the UK and has a big impact on our mental health.

Since the pandemic we have seen an increase in people contacting us for our support as they are feeling lonely and isolated. During the lockdowns when we all, understandably, had to stay at home people became more isolated and now they are struggling to go out and socialise again as they did pre-COVID.

Our revamped Shirley hub

We’re supporting the week by re-opening our Shirley hub ahead of schedule to ensure people who need us now we’re in the post-pandemic phrase can now get in contact and book face-to-face sessions. During the various restrictions, we took time out to revamp the space and are also looking forward to being able to invite people to see how it looks now.

People can also find out all about the services we offer and we’re accepting bookings for face-to-face appointments for anyone that might need help dealing with their mental health and issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and eating disorders. Appointments can be made in person now to take place in our hub in Shirley from May 30 from 9am onwards.

For the moment, this is a soft re-opening and we will be hosting a full ribbon cutting ceremony at our premises on June 30.

‘Mental Health in the Pandemic’

The Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Mental Health in the Pandemic’ research found that loneliness has been exacerbated by the pandemic. It has been a factor in contributing to higher levels of distress, as a result of people’s sense of isolation and reduced ability to connect with others.

Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Mark Rowland, says on www.mentalhealth.org.uk: “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.”

Book a face-to-face appointment now

Appointments can be made in person now to take place in our hub in Shirley from May 30 from 9am onwards, please email support@optionswellbeing.co.uk.