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Mental Health Awareness Week: Tackling loneliness

6 May 2022

Good mental health is important to our wellbeing, and we are committed to raising awareness of mental health as well as supporting residents and staff who may be experiencing challenges.

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This year, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week (9 to 15 May) is loneliness. Connecting with people is important for good mental health, especially in the wake of Covid restrictions which have affected people’s confidence about re-entering the world. That’s why projects such as the Together Again arts project , supported by a grant from Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, has been so important for residents at Corner House in Mansfield, a CQC-registered care home which supports people with learning disabilities and complex needs.

The idea came about for the project as residents asked for something fun and educational that would feel safe and help them re-adjust to social activities again.

Young people living in Sanctuary Supported Living services have also benefited from a partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust ‘Get on Track for Wellbeing’ programme which has reduced feelings of isolation and develop connections within their local communities.

Residents like Gary, who is supported by Station Road in Darlington, have overcome enormous personal challenges to take control of their mental health and wellbeing. The specialist, tailored care and support which Gary has received has helped him to develop his skills with the ultimate aim of living as independently as possible in the near future.

Through self-development and collaborative support with staff, the people we support gain self-confidence and improved emotional wellbeing on their pathway to independence and recovery. 

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week, visit

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