Changes to the way we engage socially and interact with others can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. This will have a huge impact on our wellbeing and for many of us, this can be a very challenging time.
The last two years have had a hugely detrimental effect on the nation’s mental health and sense of community. Disrupted social lives, the cancellation of large gatherings, travel restrictions and working from home have kept us in one place for long periods of time. However, one of the positives to emerge from this unparalleled situation has been the community spirit and support shown by so many to so many.
Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives. People who are more socially connected to family, friends, or their community are happier, physically healthier and live longer, with fewer mental health problems than people who are less well connected. People in neighbourhoods with higher levels of social cohesion experience lower rates of mental health problems than those in neighbourhoods with lower cohesion, regardless of how deprived or affluent a neighbourhood is.
Conversely, a lack of community support can result in feelings of social isolation and loneliness. Feeling lonely has a negative impact on mental health, particularly when these feelings are longstanding, and research suggests that it is associated with an increased risk of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress.
This workshop is designed to provide participants with the essential components of relationship building. We will explore topics of community and belonging and their role in social wellbeing. The tools and knowledge you will receive from this workshop provide interactive and experiential education. We will use different frameworks and exercises to create a fun and enriched learning experience. You will get both results and tools you can take home with you to keep your relationship growing strong.
The workshop focuses on:
13th July 2022 from 4 pm until 6 pm BST