Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May) is loneliness and across this week we are making these recordings freely available.  It is now widely accepted that loneliness is a common problem affecting people of all ages. The experience of loneliness is influenced by a combination of factors, some of which we will explore this week in a series of videos.   

The City Mental Health Alliance’s Thriving From The Start Network hosted an event recently which focused on loneliness, the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week. 


Recent CMHA research revealed that 69% of young professionals had experiences of loneliness that had negatively impacted their mental health over the last year. 


At the event, which included young professionals and Bespoke Mental Health's Prof. Roz Shafran considered why loneliness is prevalent at this stage in careers and why there is so much stigma around it.  Practical advice is offered for people who may be experiencing loneliness. 

Next, we have Prof. Roz Shafran delivering a 90-minute webinar on CBT for Chronic Loneliness: Theory and Practice.  In this webinar for mental health practitioners, Professor Shafran Provides an update on the evidence with regard to psychological therapies for chronic loneliness including (but not limited to) cognitive behaviour therapy Describes the CBT intervention evaluated in a recent internet based trial of CBT for chronic loneliness and present preliminary data on its efficacy Presents a new modular CBT approach to addressing chronic loneliness that aims to account for the range of presentations seen across different populations.  

We also have a series of four brief recordings from projects funded by the Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network (LSIMHRN). 

First, PhD student Anna Hall from UCL Institute of Mental Health talks about her study of the perceived acceptability of strategies to alleviate loneliness in adolescents: a qualitative analysis of data from the BBC Loneliness Experiment.  

Next, we have Yung-Chia Hsueh who is an MSc student from UCL Division of psychiatry talking about her systematic review of studies describing the effectiveness, acceptability, and potential harms of place-based interventions to address loneliness and mental health problems. 

Dr James Duggan from Manchester Met University talks about a study developed with young people at 42nd Street to co-produce arts and creative strategies to research and navigate feelings of loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, Dr Josie Millar, clinical psychologist and lecturer at the University of Bath talks about her project on the impact of loneliness in OCD and the importance of rebuilding social connection for recovery and prevention of relapse.

Access to recordings of our events is for personal use only. Recordings must not be in any way retained, copied, shared or made available to third parties.