MHAW2020 | Kindness

May 18, 2020 9:21 am Published by

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020.

The theme this year is “Kindness” it’s an opportunity to celebrate the many thousands of acts of kindness that have been central to the quality of our mental health.  This never more so than during the lockdown and social distancing measures as we re-discover our connection to kindness and each other in our daily lives.

The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing.

Free confidential helpline for St Albans volunteers

To support those who’ve been supporting others, we’re pleased to announce that we’re recognising acts of kindness from volunteers by giving them access to a helpline, where they can receive emotional support and a space where they can talk and share their experience of helping others.

This is for anyone working in a community group across St Albans City and District

Each year we support The Mental Health Foundation who are driving change towards a mentally healthy society for all, supporting communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk.

“Kindness is also a vital way we can help support the millions of people who were experiencing mental health problems long before the pandemic started.  According to Mental Health Foundation “research clearly supports that acts of kindness can help improve emotional wellbeing. This is true whether we are giving or receiving it.”

Small changes can make a big difference
Here are some ideas on how to bring kindness into your life:-

  • Volunteering  
    Volunteering is a great way to help others and research shows that it benefits people of all ages, through increasing feelings of self-esteem, social connection, and wellbeing.
  • Doing something for a good cause 
    Getting involved with a cause that is close to your heart can be hugely beneficial for both the cause and your own sense of wellbeing.
  • Reach out to someone
    Pick up the phone and call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to for a while.  Offer to help to an elderly neighbour, mow the lawn, or pick up some food shopping
  • Be Kind to Yourself
    Don’t forget to be kind to yourself also, take time for you and get active inside and outdoors. Be kind to yourself, allow yourself time to relax, take a bath, read a book
  • Fundraise or donate to a good cause
    Many charities are working hard to continue the support they offer to local communities.  Donations are needed now more than ever including The Counselling Foundation so we can continue to support more people through online counselling during lockdown.
    There are many ways to fundraise including through Easyfundraising or Amazon Smile or just Donate or any of these virtual fundraising ideas.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness week, click here.


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