I need urgent help! What to do in a crisis
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Connect With Others

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Connect With Others

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

Join a class or a group

Join a class or a group to meet new people with similar interests.


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Sheffield College offers courses from entry level to foundation degree level.


Check out the Events page for groups and events on offer in Sheffield

Join an Online Community

Go online and meet a wider, broader support network. Being part of a supportive, online community can help you share your experiences and perspectives in a way that is both valuable and powerful. Whether you're feeling really good, or really low, it's often a safe place where you can share your experience and listen and learn from others.


Sign up to Elefriends, a supportive and safe online community where you can be yourself, listen, share and be "heard"! Elefriends is managed by National Mind.


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Sheffield Flourish is an online wellbeing hub for people living with mental health issues in Sheffield. You can share your story, share your work, learn to make and create things and thrive in the friendly mental health community.


Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people, plus "giving" to others can really help improve your mental health.


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You can get more information about volunteering opportunities at the Volunteer Centre Sheffield, run by Voluntary Action Sheffield


Managing Loneliness


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National Mind provides a great resource on how to cope with loneliness, with other suggestions on how to make connections, or how else you can support yourself if making connections feels too difficult. Click here to be taken the online guide.

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