It’s Mental Health Awareness week. The theme is kindness….
During this pandemic we have seen some amazing and also simple acts of kindness from around the country.
- #SelfIsolationHelp for example was started by Samantha Kelly, to join people who can offer assistance with errands to those who are forced to self-isolate.
- Joe Wicks has become the Nations’s PE teacher each morning, Monday – Friday, promising to donate “every single penny” of the money made by his online PE sessions to the NHS!
- And who hasn’t heard of Captain Tom Moore, setting a target of raising £1,000 for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday? Thanks to the generosity of the public, he managed to raise over £32m!
We may not all be able to make an impact on the scale of these examples, but kindness comes in many forms, and even just a simple act of asking “are you ok?” or picking up your phone to say “Hi” can mean the world to someone.
It’s important to remember, you may not have the answers to another person’s problems, but you can start the conversation and possibly guide someone to a point of help, such as talking to their GP or contacting a helpline. The Mental Health Foundation, Mind.org.uk or the NHS helpline can help direct you.
Evidence shows that helping others can also positively effect your own mental health and wellbeing.
Doing Good, Does You Good.