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Mental Health Awareness Week - Loneliness

Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted every May by the Mental Health Foundation with the topic of loneliness.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 will take place from the May 9 - May 15 with the topic of Loneliness. The annual event is an opportunity for us to focus on achieving good mental health. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.   

Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.

As well as the national events, the Mental Health Foundation have been working with local partners in Chesterfield to support ‘Mental Health Awareness Week 2022’ and incorporate the topic of ‘Loneliness’.

The Mental Health Foundation have arranged free virtual and face to face sessions and activities throughout Mental Health Awareness week, please see below for further information and how to book:

Monday 9th of May

Men Tell (11am) Virtual  

Mentell opens up the discussion around loneliness and reconnecting through a virtual session. Open to all Men and Women. The webinar will be run over zoom. Find out more information and/or register.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Natter Café (12.30pm - 2.30pm)                                                 

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service are holding a Natter Café particularly suitable for older people needing support with their mental health. No need to book. Based at The Hub at Low Pavements, 61 – 63 Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Compassionate Voices (2.30pm - 4pm)      

Sharon from Compassionate Voices will be sharing her story, talking about loneliness and snippets from her new book ‘Thirty Years in Silence’.  She will also answer questions about the Compassionate Voices Community, Dunelm Pausa regional hubs and The Power of YOU Workshop. Based at The Hub at Low Pavements, 61 – 63 Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB.
Find out more information and register.

Tuesday 10th of May

Feeling connected drop in (10am-2pm)

An open day and drop in session. Activities to get people talking - DVA social prescribers will be present along with other support and advice groups such as Arts and Minds, DORA. Based at The Hub at Low Pavements, 61 – 63 Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

WEA: Walking and Talking (1pm-3pm)

A companionable walk enjoying local scenery around Holmebrook Valley Park with Alastair Clark. Location: To meet outside the Holmebrook Valley Park café, Chesterfield S41 8XP. For more information and availability to book a place on the session please contact WEA on 0300 303 3464 (option 1) or visit the WEA website.

Places will be available to book from Wednesday 23rd of March. Course reference number C2347313 and PIN 33631 to enrol on the session.

Compassionate Voices (6.15pm – 7.30pm)

Sharon from Compassionate voices will be sharing her passion to help others through her lived experiences and encouraging others to do the same. Sharon talks about times in her life when feeling isolated and sacred.  She will also answer questions about the Compassionate Voices Community and how you can be involved. Based at the Pausa Café, Dunelm, Spires Retail Park, Chesterfield, S40 2WG. Register your free place

Wednesday 11th of May

Rethink Support Cafe (10.30am-12.30noon)

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service are hosting a drop in support café. Open to everyone who would like advice, guidance, and support about all aspects of their mental health. Based at The Hub at Low Pavements, 61 – 63 Low Pavements, Chesterfield, S40 1PB. Please contact 01773 734 989 for more information. No need to book. Cupcakes available!

Renew well being Café (10.00am-1.30pm)

Renew Cross Street - wellbeing cafe on the ground floor of Chesterfield Baptist Church, Cross Street, Chesterfield S40 4ST. Known as 'quiet, shared spaces where it's ok not to be ok', Renew Wellbeing cafes are springing up all over the country. We open every Wednesday 10:00am – 1:30pm for chat, shared hobbies and company, or for just sitting quietly with a cuppa and cake. Pop in for a few minutes or stay for the duration.' For further info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a voicemail on the church phone: 01246 221105.

Thursday 12th of May

WEA: Confronting Loneliness with Shaun Kennedy (2.15pm-4.15pm) Virtual session.

For more information and availability to book a place on the session please contact WEA on 0300 303 3464 (option 1) or visit the WEA website.

Places will be available to book from Wednesday 23rd of March. Course reference number C2347314 and PIN 61345 to enrol on the session.

Friday 13th of May

Meet the WEA: The Social and Personal Benefits of Learning - with Carole Rawson (11.45am-12.45noon) Virtual session.

No need to book. Join the Zoom Meeting at the identified time.

Saturday 14th of May

Think Fest! (10am-4pm)

ThinkFest! is back! We are bringing you Derbyshire's Mental Health Festival and it will be bigger and better than ever! A full day of live music and entertainment in the town centre and the market stalls filled with local support services ranging from peer support groups, activity groups and charities. All the information in one place that you need to learn how to look after your mental health and wellbeing. The event is free of charge, so come down and enjoy a day dedicated to showing that Derbyshire cares about Mental Health. Location: New Square, Chesterfield Town Centre, S40 1AH. No need to book, just turn up on the day. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.