A simple act of kindness can make a real difference, that’s the message of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
Running from 18 to 24 May, the national awareness week highlights mental health and mental health problems to tackle stigma and promote positive mental wellbeing. This year’s theme is kindness.
Spreading kindness can be done at home, while out and while working. Here are some simple things you could do that will spread kindness and a little bit of cheer.
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to for a while
- Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
- Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up
- Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
- Tell someone you know you are proud of them
- Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
- Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
- Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
- Donate to foodbanks
- Donate to a charity
- Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
- Offer to skill share with a friend via video call
- Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
- Give praise to a colleague for something they’ve done well
Acts of kindness and support will be shared across the Council’s social media channels, including the Charnwood Community Heroes Facebook page.
For more information on Mental Health Awareness week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk.