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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 on the phone instead of sending an email or text
  • Speak to someone new - there are lots of great websites to help you do this
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is

I like to be social. I’m fortunate to have a great group of friends around me which I can rely on when needed. Not all of us are so fortunate and when our mental health is poor, we often hide away from the people we love.

Humans are social creatures at our core. We need people around us and we suffer when we isolate ourselves.

BHT & Sussex Oakleaf provide lots of groups which help people to connect. We're using technology to stay connected during the lockdown and the benefits are plain to see.

Mika - Youth Recovery Worker

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