In the UK, it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year’s topic is loneliness.
In the US, it’s Mental Health Awareness Month with the message of “Together for Mental Health.”
I always feel social anxiety gets forgotten in any discussion of mental health, and this year it’s more relevant than ever to the topic.
When I had time to be active in a social anxiety online forum, I came across an enormous number of lonely people. Most of those were also alone, while others were alone with their thoughts and emotions.
Why were they lonely? Because social anxiety is that voice in the head that says:
- They don’t want you.
- You’re not good enough.
- They’ll laugh at you.
and similar negative remarks.
Social anxiety leads to avoidance, which leads to loneliness. It’s that simple.
You can turn away from this or decide to help.
About My Books
I don’t write only about social anxiety, but, as it happens, it crops up in all of these books:
- Social Anxiety Revealed (non-fic)
- Cultivating a Fuji (uplit)
- Style and the Solitary (cosy crime)