Connecting with others doesn’t have be about making as many new friends as possible – as lovely as that would be! It’s more about doing small things each day to help you feel more close and valued by others, to feel more connected and less isolated.
Small, subtle activities can be enough to help create that feeling, and buffer against mental ill health:
- Offer a colleague a lift to work, or share the journey home with them
- Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is, and really listen to what they have to say
- Speak to someone new, when in the queue for coffee, or at the bus stop
- Talk to a friend over the phone, instead of going online
If you’re thinking about making a bigger change, here are some options our community endorse:
- Joining a group, activity or class. Have a look at the activities section to browse what’s on or search for something that interests you.
- Volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and to ‘give back’, but one of the best things about volunteering (in our humble opinion!) is meeting new people and making new connections. Check out our opportunities, or Do-it and VAS.
- Joining an online community. Sheffield Flourish (who built this website) run a website where people can read and share stories about their mental health, and there’s also the brilliant Elefriends.