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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 – Kindness

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 takes place from 18-24 May. The Mental Health Foundation has selected Kindness as this year’s theme in response to the coronavirus outbreak.


Why Kindness?

  • Helping and connecting with others helps us feel good and provides everyone with the opportunity to feel involved
  • Acts of kindness help make the world a happier place


Why do we need to think about Kindness in Mental Health Awareness?


  • Helping others can be good for our own mental health and wellbeing​
  • Acts of kindness can help reduce our own stress ​


Being kind to someone can help with:​

  • Enabling people to connect with others​

  • Showing that others are there to listen and support them​

  • Reducing loneliness​

  • Sharing their thoughts of negative feelings or allowing people to talk about their negative feelings from the current headlines


Be Kind to Yourself


In these challenging and uncertain times being kind to ourselves can be crucial to maintaining positive mental health.

Here are some sources of information and ideas to support your mental health and be kind to your mind:

  • Stay connected – whether with family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues
  • Clear Your Head

For ideas on creating routing, staying active, healthy and connected 

If you're at work / working from home – take regular breaks.​

If you're at work / working from home – take regular breaks.​

  • Physical activity:

Maintaining an active lifestyle can help clear your head and calm your mind. 

Try the Paths for All 28 Day wellbeing challenge

Health benefits of physical activity

  • Follow a healthy balanced diet

Eatwell Guide

Discover the links between food and mood 

Keeping well in lockdown (webinar) - A short course on eating well and keeping healthy when you're staying at home during the coronavirus lockdown

  • If you're at work / working from home – take regular breaks


Regardless of your work status:​

  • Recognise that it’s ok to feel overwhelmed at times​
  • Manage expectations of what you can do
  • Be aware of expectations of others​
  • Connect with people where possible​
  • Make time for relaxation – read a book, watch a movie, cook, sleep! 

Visit the Mental Health pages of the HWL website for information on workplace mental health and wellbeing including links to our training platform and to support organisations such as Breathing Space, MIND, Samaritans.


Additionally, these online resources might help you during these difficult times:


Mental Health Foundation - Look after your mental health while working during coronavirus

MIND - Mental health during coronavirus

NHS Inform - Mental health self-help

PROMIS - National Wellbeing Hub for those working in Health and Social Care


Be Kind to Others


  • Reach out to friends, colleagues, neighbours, family members​
  • Going to the shops? Find out if any neighbours need anything​
  • Help local or small businesses by buying from their website​
  • Donate to organisations that need support
  • If you manage or support employees – stay connected – even if it's not about work!​
  • Have more regular informal supervision catch ups​
  • Highlight sources of support to those who may need it​

Breathing Space

Samaritans​

Support for key workers – Sustrans help for finding bikes and repair services​


Still need inspiration?

Then why not download the Mental Health Foundation’s ’50 Random Act of Kindness’ poster for ideas and remember to share with your workplace.


Ask, Tell – Look after your mental health

You may want to learn about the benefits of having a healthy compassionate conversation with others by watching the short animation here.


Join in.... 

Mental Health Foundation are encouraging you to carry out random acts of kindness and take photos or videos (with permission of course) and upload them via social media

  • Use the hashtags #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek


Start today. We all have the ability to be kind in our daily lives.



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