This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 20th year.
This year, the theme for the week is kindness. Across the whole of the UK, people will be celebrating kindness in a range of ways within the social distancing guidelines we all currently find ourselves in.
At the bottom of this page you will find a Mental Health information booklet, which Michael hopes proves helpful, particularly at this difficult time.
Michael said: “In these trying times, it is important to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. Now more than ever, kindness really does matter, and we must all do our best to support each other. If you are finding this time difficult, or have a friend or family member that you are worried about, please reach out for help.”
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “This year may be the most important week we have ever hosted, as we deal with coping and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. We must do all we can to reduce the psychological and social impacts of the pandemic which could outlast the physical symptoms of the virus.
“At time when we must socially isolate, stories of kindness have helped spread a shared sense of connection and joy. The research backs this up - kindness is deeply connected to mental health. The message this Mental Health Awareness Week is that kindness matters. It matters to our mental health and it will matter hugely in the society we build from here – one that better protects our mental health.”