Mental Health Awareness Week – 18-24 May 2020

19.05.2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, focusing on the power and potential of kindness.

Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by wanting to make a positive difference. Kindness can strengthen relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practice to be fully alive.

Through all the fear and uncertainty in the world we have seen acts of great kindness. Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. Taking time out to be kind to other people can really help, especially in these difficult times when people may be struggling or feeling vulnerable.  

Being kind to others is also good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can reduce stress and help us feel better about ourselves and the things that are going on around us. It can improve our emotional wellbeing by boosting our self-esteem, giving us a different perspective and helping make us feel more optimistic. It can help reduce isolation, help us to feel closer to others and deepen friendships.

Things you can do:

  • Take part in our ‘Inspiring Creative Kindness’ Project (add link)
  • Call a friend that 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 with someone you know
  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  • Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  • Write a letter to a friend or family member who is struggling
  • Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  • Call a friend, family member or neighbour who may be feeling lonely or isolated
  • Send an inspirational story of kindness to someone you know
  • Use your skills to help others via video call – you could teach guitar, dance etc.

For more advice and suggestions visit:

You can also share your stories of kindness or say thank you to someone on Inspire Cheshire West website.

Be kind to yourself

As well as being kind to others it is also important to be kind to yourself.

There are many different helplines you can contact to provide you with support:

What to do if you need urgent mental health help

Call the Mental Health Helpline 0300 303 3972 provided by local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership) Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people of all ages who need urgent mental health support.

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