This Grief Awareness Week, mental health support is available

Grief can hit anyone hard, and this time of year can be particularly tough.

No matter how long ago your bereavement was, there’s no shame in struggling to cope: but there are lots of support services available to help.

This week (2 to 8 December) is Grief Awareness Week. As part of the wider drive to keep all residents warm and well this winter, the council is sharing information about the mental health support available locally in Stockport.

If you are experiencing loss or are bereaved, this page on the Healthy Stockport website details the local support available, including bereavement support groups and the Greater Manchester Bereavement Service.

For wider mental health issues, including anxiety, stress or feeling low, there are lots of options available. Visit this page to find a local service that’s right for you.

Remember, there are also the ‘5 Ways to Feel Good’: simple tips that can boost your wellbeing, particularly at this time of year when it’s cold and dark. Get involved and see how much your mood improves!

As the weather gets colder, the risk of feeling socially isolated gets higher. If you’re feeling lonely, seeing what’s out there in your local community can really help. There are plenty of events and activities you can get involved with across the borough. Check the events page on the council website to find out what’s on near you. There’s also this page on the Healthy Stockport website for help with loneliness.

Councillor Keith Holloway, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care commented: “With shorter days and cold weather making it harder to get out, I know that this time of year can be really tough mentally. Whether you’re struggling with grief, social isolation or poor mental health, it’s important to note that you are not alone, and there are plenty of local services who will be happy to help you. No problem is too small, and reaching out can really make you feel better.”

Keep an eye on the council’s social media for more ways to support your mental health this winter.