Lewisham Children & Family Centre

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – Loneliness

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this years theme is loneliness. The Campaign to End Loneliness says “In total , 45% of adults feel occasionally, sometimes or often lonely in England. This equates to twenty five million people.” Action for Children have also reported 24% of parents surveyed said they were always or often lonely.

 

As we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and begin to return to normal many people have realised how lonely they have been over the last few years and some have felt that their friendship groups have changed leaving them feeling isolated. It can be really difficult to talk to others about feeling lonely and knowing how to make new friends and social connections can be really hard.

 

Here are some top tips on how you can help to feel less lonely:

Come and join us at one of our sessions.

All of our sessions are fun, relaxed and informal and are a great way for you to make new friends with other local parents. Our sessions include, starting solids, stay and play sessions and parenting topics, all run by our team of highly skilled and friendly Early Years Practitioners who are there to answer any questions you may have about  your child or their development. We have sessions all across the borough so if you are back at work part-time you should still be able to find something fun to do on our timetable. Book your place on a session here.

 

Join a Mindful Mums or Being Dad group

 

Mindful Mums provide award-winning, free wellbeing groups that help women look after their mental and emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and their baby’s first year. Since it started in 2016, Mindful Mums has supported over a thousand women in Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich.

 

Wellbeing Groups

Having a baby isn’t easy at the best of times, especially with the modern-day demands of work, health and relationships, and traditional family support networks not always being an option. Our Mindful Mums groups will help you navigate the path of new parenthood.

 

Zoom Drop-in Wellbeing Groups

Mindful Mums drop-in sessions are held on Zoom every Tuesday, 10am – 10.45am. There is no need to register.

 

Being Dad groups

Being Dad groups are for expectant/new dads or men with parenting responsibility for babies and young children up to two years old. The groups help men look after their own health and wellbeing during a life-changing period of their lives.

The Being Dad Lewisham group is for new or expectant dads and men caring for children under two years old.

Held on Zoom, the group is led by experienced fathers from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life.

This five-week course will help men learn how to:

• Understand the challenges of fatherhood
• Take better care of themselves
• Support their partners.

All while connecting with other dads who are living the same experience.

Among many other things, the course will cover:

  • Identity Understanding your parenting identity/style & exploring the myth of a ‘Perfect Father or Parent’.
  • Confidence Building confidence as a new parent or partner. Supporting your partner in your new parental role.
  • Relationships Understanding the changing dynamics between you and your partner, family and friends.

Plus proven techniques for managing stress, tiredness and worry.

They also offer  Diversity Matters Groups providing a safe space for mothers of babies 0-12 months to talk about the complexities and issues related to their culture, upbringing and heritage with balancing the challenges of early motherhood. The Mindful Mums Antenatal Groups will you help you flourish during your pregnancy. The group offers emotional and wellbeing support for women from 12 weeks pregnant to full-term, helping you to prepare for the life-changing journey ahead.

 

Join a local Facebook Group

There are lots of Facebook groups for parents across the borough which share lots of useful advice and list  activities in your area. You may find that you find parents like you who are also looking to meet other new parents for a coffee and a play date. Here are some local ones:

  • Brockley Mums – Let’s get together
  • Bromley Mums
  • Corbett Little Socialites – Parents from the Corbett estate in Catford
  • Downham Matters
  • Forest Hill Mums
  • Friends of Honor Oak
  • Hither Green Mummies & Daddies
  • Lewisham Mums & Dads
  • Sydenham Mums
  • SE23 Mums

Read our blog on loneliness for more info and links to National Organisations www.lewishamcfc.org.uk/loneliness/

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