It’s no secret that meaningful social interactions can make us feel more positive and lift our mood. But did you know that socialising can also lead to good brain health – reducing the risk of dementia, increase confidence and promotes a sense of safety and belonging?
The Mental health and social relationships, Economic and Social Research Council says: “People with supportive friends and family generally have better mental and physical health than those who lack these networks. The same is true for those who take part in churches, clubs and voluntary organisations.”
We know that, for many reasons, some people find it difficult to form and maintain social circles and sometimes it’s easier to not bother. But there are lots of ways that we can help.
Sign up to our free wellbeing service and one of our friendly advisors will call you regularly for a quick chat and to check that you’re OK. Sometimes, just a short conversation is enough to give you the boost you need. “I have found it difficult at times but your messages make me feel I’m not alone.”
Join our befriending service and we will introduce you to a befriender who will be on hand for regular telephone or video calls, email and SMS chats. “Now I have someone else and something else to think about!”
Our social groups are a great way to meet new friends and enjoy other people’s company. Join one of our remote groups from the comfort of your own home, or if you’re chomping at the bit to get out of the house then some of our face to face groups are now re-opening.
Volunteering is another well known way of boosting your mental wellbeing. This gives you a double feel-goodfactor of socialising with others and helping out good causes. There are lots of ways that you can volunteer at Deafblind UK, from befriending and making wellbeing calls to helping out at social groups and raising awareness of sight and hearing loss.