There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.

It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them.

"The last 12-months have proved that, more than ever, it is important to stay in touch with the people we care about. A short phone call or a simple text can make all the difference to yours or someone else's day. 

We often ask 'how are you' when we meet someone, but how often do we respond honestly or really listen to other peoples answers. Next time you see are friend or a family member, take a moment to ask them how they really are and listen to their answer. You don't need to solve their problems but just letting them talk can make such a difference. 

We can all help to support each others mental health and look after our own at the same time. So stay connected - call a friends, text your mum, say hello to your neighbour. What ever works for you."

Dom Goodeve - Communications & Engagement Lead