Yesterday saw the start of Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation it takes place from 18-24 May, with this year’s theme being kindness.
This year, perhaps more than ever, it’s vital that we take the time to not only be kind to one another, but also to ourselves. By now most people understand the physical health implications of coronavirus, but we also need to take the time to consider the mental health implications of being unable to socialise with friends and family.
With the majority of us still isolating in our homes, the end still seemingly far away for many, the acts of kindness we take now may well look very different.
Simply taking the time to speak to someone who you know lives by themselves or offering to pop to the shop for a busy family trying to home school their children could mean a lot more than you think.
To quote Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation “research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging”. He goes on to say, “protecting our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic - with the psychological and social impacts likely to outlast the physical symptoms of the virus.”.
The Mental Health Foundation is asking us to do three things this week:
- Share your acts of kindness using #KindnessMattersand #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek;
- Use the resources on their website to practice acts of kindness this week;
- Share ideas on how we could be a kinder society using #KindnessMattersand #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
For more information visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week. Or follow the Mental Health Foundation on social media: