Mental Health Awareness Week launches today
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. The Mental Health Foundation believe that mental health is everyone’s business.
So, for one week each May, they campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.
The campaign reaches millions of people every year. This year they want to reach more people than ever.
One thing that the foundation have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.
Amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope.
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.
Beyond ourselves, their report reveals how inequality is rising in our society and its harmful effects on our health.
After the 2008 credit crunch it was the most vulnerable in our communities who experienced the severest consequences of austerity, with devastating effects on their mental and physical health. This not the hallmark of a kind society.
We must not make the same mistakes after this pandemic.
How you can get involved
During the week, the Mental Health Foundation would like you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness. Take a photo or video (with permission!) and use the hashtags:
Visit the Mental Health Foundation’s website to find out more! Click here