Written by Sixth Form student and Marketing Intern, Amy.
From 9 – 15 May, the UK will be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week – a week which aims to inspire action to promote messages of good mental health for everyone. The event has continued to grow each year with more and more focus being put on to mental health, and is now one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK!
Last year, the theme given to the week was surrounding nature which was particularly important given the pandemic. This year’s theme is loneliness. This is because of the detrimental affect that the pandemic has had on people’s mental health and physical health since 2020; particularly as communities and connections with those communities are fundamental to a person’s health.
Many students at NCW have experienced or suffered with loneliness; one of the most common reasons for this is often their exclusion from wider school communities in mainstream settings. These feelings of loneliness and isolation only heighten the already increased chances of a blind or vision impaired person suffering with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Studies have shown that statistically one third of individuals with a vision impairment will suffer with mild depression.
45.2% of vision impaired individuals are suffering with moderate to severe depression compared with 16.6% of sighted individuals.
NCW is a place where students are able to feel included, feel part of a community and be amongst peers who have had similar experiences!
I spoke to some fellow NCW students about their experience with loneliness and mental health…