This Mental Health Awareness Week is exploring the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the difference connecting with others can make. There are many ways you can get involved, support the campaign and build meaningful connections.  

Loneliness affects many of us at one time or another and we know that it can a reason for our mental health getting worse or can be a result of poor mental health. Sometimes if you’re already feeling low or stressed, it might make it harder for you to reach out to people or speak about how you’re feeling with others.  

If you’re looking after someone, this also might have an effect on how often you can see friends or take time for yourself. But it is so important that you try to prioritise your own mental health and wellbeing.  

How to combat loneliness: 

  • Remember you are not alone: there is always someone you can reach out to
  • For information and guidance you can phone us on 0800 368 8349
  • You can also text Shout on 85258, a confidential, 24/7 hour text service to chat with crisis volunteers.

If you are looking for more information around mental health as a young carer there is lots of websites that can help you.

  • The Children’s Society website gives great information on a wide range of topics – they even have a page dedicated to young carers.
  • Beat Eating Disorders has information on their website and support line for young people struggling with eating disorders as well as a one-to-one online chat.
  • Young Minds provide information, support and advice for young people and children with mental health issues.
  • Childline is a great resources for young people and children on a wide range of topics. They also have a webpage dedicated to young carers.
  • This booklet by Psychosocial support for promoting MEntal health and WEllbeing among adolescent young carers in Europe has lots of information in it, including talking to health and social care professionals, dealing with being bullied, understanding your role as a carer and looking after yourself.

For local support

  • Dorset Mind Your Head is part of Dorset Mind which provides support and helps young people 11-25 live mentally healthy lives.
  • MyTime provides events and activities for young carers to take a break and meet others like them.

Join an online community  

  • The Mix provide information, advice and support for young people on a wide range of topics from mental health, to body image and more. They also offer a chat line and discussion boards.
  • Kooth is an online community for young people to chat with others or talk to online counsellors for help and support.

If you need more support, you can find further local support, chatlines and services on our mental health info hub pages, including one on tips for looking after yourself as a young carer. 

Remember you are not alone, we care because you do.  

You can call us free at Carer Support Dorset on 0800 368 8349 for more advice and support.