We at Hearing Aid Accessories are commemorating Mental Health Awareness Week across the United Kingdom this week.
The theme this year is loneliness, an issue which affects millions of people all around the country and one which affects those with hearing difficulties and tinnitus even more than others.
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s national week to raise awareness surrounding mental health is now in its 22nd year. The week begins today, on the 9th of May, and comes to a close on the 15th of May. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, and with hearing loss, that loneliness can be exacerbated even further.
People with hearing problems and tinnitus can often feel as though they are unable to communicate as they normally would, isolating them from social situations and making them feel ostracized from friends and family. This in turn can lead to feelings of hopelessness, despair and a worsening of mental health. At Hearing Aid Accessories, we understand the knock-on effects of hearing difficulties more than most: that’s why we offer so many different products that enable you to get the best out of your hearing aids, equipment to protect the ears and a special range of items designed to help people cope with their tinnitus.
Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Mark Rowland, said that:
“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 job as part of our 80 Miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
- Get in touch with our dedicated support staff to see whether or not our fantastic range of hearing devices can help you with your condition. You might be surprised by the results! Simply call 01455 245749 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can browse our website or even download our all-new app on Google Play: https://bit.ly/39mkT5W or the App Store: https://apple.co/3KmQLEm
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