People are being urged to show kindness to others this Mental Health Awareness Week, 18 – 24 May.
Research by the Mental Health Foundation shows that kindness and mental health are deeply connected.
4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime. Many people have been struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, with some who may have not had difficulty with their mental health before.
Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “During this ‘lockdown’ we have already seen many acts of kindness, such as our local schools and businesses donating PPE, people going shopping for their neighbours, volunteers supporting some of our more vulnerable residents, and children drawing pictures for people living in care homes.
“It’s wonderful to have witnessed so many heartening acts of kindness over the last few weeks. Acts of kindness give others a boost, but they also make you feel good too. We know the last few weeks haven’t been without their challenges, but the spirit, resolve and kindness we have shown is something we should all feel proud of.
“If you’re struggling with your mental health, it’s important that you reach out for help – whether it’s to a friend or family member, using an online resource or making a phone appointment with your GP.”
You don’t need to go above and beyond to show kindness to the people around you. We still need to be sure to stay safe and keep to the rules on social distancing, but small acts of kindness – such as phoning a friend who lives alone – are not only good for others, they have also been shown to boost your mood and mental health.
You can find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week at mentalhealth.org.uk or follow #KindnessMatters on social media.
The newly launched kindtoyourmind.org website is also available, where you will find a range of useful resources to help you through. You can find tips, advice, apps or even online courses to help with your mental wellbeing – there is something for everyone!
You can also find local and national help and resources at Warrington’s mental wellbeing site happyoksad.co.uk