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This week (18th – 24th of May) is Mental Health Awareness Week.
Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and to inspire others to do the same.
Each year the theme for the week is set by The Mental Health Foundation. This years theme was originally sleep. However, due the current circumstances and the Coronavirus lockdown, the theme has now changed to kindness.
Kindness by definition is: ‘the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.’
The coronavirus lockdown has had a negative impact on peoples mental health, with many people stuck at home not being able to go about their daily lives and being away from friends and family.
During the lockdown the world has seen many people performing some extraordinary acts of kindness. Here in the UK, the most inspirational one of them all (which I’m sure most will agree) is Captain Tom and his amazing act of kindness to raise an amazing £32,796,540 for the NHS.
It is acts of kindness such as this that inspire us and make to feel good. When we see stories about people such as Captain Tom doing these amazing things, we smile, and we all feel better for it. Kindness is a two-way thing really, not only do the people on the giving end feel good, but the person on the receiving end also feels good.
Kindness can help us feel a lot better about ourselves and it can also help the person receiving the act of kindness feel better too.
The act of kindness can come in many forms and being actively kind can help us feel better about ourselves. Some of you may of heard about The Five Ways to Wellbeing before, for those who haven’t, the five ways to wellbeing are five steps that you can take in your life that will help improve and maintain your mental health.
One of these steps is giving, which is also an act of kindness. As with kindness, giving can also come in many forms.
These could include
As part of mental health awareness week we would like you to perform one act of kindness for someone else this week. You don’t have to do anything on the scale of Captain Tom, but try doing something that you wouldn’t usually do for someone else (not that you’re not already a kind person)
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