Tinnitus Week 4-10 February This week is Tinnitus Week and this year’s theme is Tinnitus and Isolation We often hear callers to the helpline, or delegates at events speak about how alone they feel with the condition, so we decided that during Tinnitus Week, we’ll be trying as hard as possible to reach even more people in new ways, in the hope of helping them feel less isolated. Here are some of the details of what's going on: HELPLINE - On Tuesday 5 February, as a one off, for the first time ever, we’ll be keeping our helpline open overnight, in order to be available to speak to people with tinnitus who are struggling and can’t sleep. So if you find you need to speak to someone that night, please call and speak to one of our friendly team - find out more at www.tinnitus.org.uk/tinnitus-week-helpline and also read our tips on sleep here www.tinnitus.org.uk/tinnitus-week-sleep PODCAST - On Wednesday 6 February, we are really excited that we’ll be sharing our first ever podcast, talking about how relationships can be affected by tinnitus and how to combat any issues that might arise. Read our helpful information about tinnitus relationships here www.tinnitus.org.uk/tinnitus-week-relationships SOCIAL TIPS - On Thursday 7 February we’ll be sharing ideas from people with tinnitus about how to ensure the condition doesn’t impact on social situations, hoping to inspire those who may be struggling, to keep getting out, meeting friends and not letting tinnitus take over. Find out more about tinnitus and socialising here www.tinnitus.org.uk/socialising-with-tinnitus SUPPORT GROUPS - And on Friday 8 February, we'll be highlighting the amazing support available across the UK at over 100 tinnitus support groups. we have some great information about how a support group can help, find out more and watch our animation here www.tinnitus.org.uk/tinnitus-week-supportgroups You can also read our Tinnitus Week press release here www.tinnitus.org.uk/blog/isolationpress Please help us reach more people with our digital assets We've designed this image, which we hope you will use on social media to show your support. The image can be downloaded by right clicking on the link or saving the image, and is for use during Tinnitus Week (4-10 February). We'd love you to share your tinnitus message on social, along with this image and the hashtag #TinnitusWeek. The message could be about: How you manage the condition Thanking someone who has helped you Reassuring others that they aren't alone Please remember to use the hashtag #TinnitusWeek so we can look out for it and share, like or Retweet. You can find us via BritishTinnitusAssociation on Facebook/Instagram and @BritishTinnitus on Twitter. If don’t follow us, please do, as we regularly post and it’s a great way to find out what’s going on in the tinnitus world. Facebook frame During Tinnitus Week, we will have a Facebook frame which you can use to show your support for the week. We hope our supporters and followers will use this frame to help raise awareness. Twitter profile image During Tinnitus Week, you can use the profile image we have produced, to help us raise awareness of the week and show your support. This image can be downloaded below by right clicking or saving to your device. Not on social, you can still help us We also have a poster, A3 which can be downloaded here, or a paper copy can be requested. We have limited numbers of the A4 poster available now. If you can help this by displaying it locally, maybe asking to have it put up at the library, or at your GP surgery, or a local shop, pub, community centre or supermarket. By doing this you will really hep us reach more people. If you would like a copy sending, please email us at [email protected] with your name and address and the size you would prefer sending. Posters will be available until 31 January (and until we run out!) Thank you in advance because we really do need your help to get to as many people as possible. Working internationally We are also incredibly proud to be working internationally again this year, with Tinnitus Hub, the American Tinnitus Association and the Tinnitus Research Initiative. You can help raise international awareness by visiting the website www.tinnitusweek.com and downloading the 'United Against Tinnitus' image. We hope you’ll find this Tinnitus Week really interesting and informative; and remember we are here if you need help. You’re not alone.