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Mental Health Awareness Week

This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week

9-15 May 2022 with a focus of Loneliness.


One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.


Children also feel lonely too. It might be hard to understand how children can sometimes feel lonely, even when they are at school with their friends.


Free app, Ollee, funded by BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me initiative, helps 8-11 year-olds identify and understand their feelings, and offers them support when their emotions might seem overwhelming. Building positive relationships is essential for children to find support and understanding – whether they are feeling sad, melancholic, misunderstood, lonely – or when they are not sure what their emotions are.

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