This year mental health awareness week is all about loneliness which is something we all feel at times and has a huge effect on our mental health.

During the pandemic many people in our industry struggled with their mental health including loneliness. 

In particular, front line agents, those furloughed, made redundant, single parents, carers, overseas reps and home workers among others were impacted significantly. 

Our events, conferences, networking and fam trips were all shut down. We lost those social connections which make our industry a fantastic place to work. Many of us felt lonely and isolated.

This is why ABTA LifeLine in partnership with TTG Media set up a mental health champion network to help support those in our travel community who might be struggling and feel alone.

The role of the champs is to listen and provide that friendly support you might, need. They also can sign post you to further specialist support. Do get in touch if you would like to be involved with the network. 

And of course, ABTA LifeLine also has its counselling partnership with The Centre for Crisis of Psychology. So you can to speak to someone who is completely independent too.

Of course there are many factors that can affect your mental health and ABTA LifeLine is here to help. The charity can offer practical, financial and emotional support when you need it most. For example, if you are struggling with the cost of living crisis, can't pay your bills, buy school uniform etc. or could benefit from counselling do apply for support.  We will ty and help where we can. 

And, there is one little thing we can all do this week! Just pick up the phone to someone you haven’t spoken to for a while. Let them know you’re still there. You might really make a difference.

Mental Health Awareness week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. For more information see Why Loneliness is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 | Mental Health Foundation