Residents are being encouraged to ‘lift someone out of loneliness’ by carrying out small acts of kindness to help others who may be feeling lonely.

The new Every Mind Matters campaign seeks to encourage people to talk more openly with each other about feeling lonely and realise that there are easy steps people can take to help each other during times of loneliness.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Feeling lonely is something that all of us can experience at any point in our lives, it can make us feel isolated and have a negative impact on our wellbeing.

"The pandemic has been an unsettling time for everyone, and it’s important to remember that many people may still feel disconnected, even when we are finally out of restrictions. We can’t compare ourselves to how others may be feeling or acting, and we should all take time to go at our own pace.

"Sometimes it can feel easier to help someone else who may be feeling lonely. There are lots of simple actions that you can do to help, including checking in with a family member, friend or neighbour by sending a text or giving them a call to see how they are doing, reaching out to someone to suggest catching up over a tea or coffee, or inviting someone to join you in getting some fresh air and going for a walk.

"In taking one of these actions, you could lift someone out of loneliness, and it might help you feel less lonely too."

Find more advice and support by searching for EveryMindMatters/Loneliness.

There are also tips and advice about how to look after yourself and others at Stay Safe, Be Kind.