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. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business.
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.
We have learnt that 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, our report reveals how inequality is rising in our society and its harmful effects on our health.
Life expectancy is falling for the poorest for the first time in 100 years. As child poverty rises, children and young people in the poorest parts of our country are two to three times more likely to experience poor mental health than those in the richest.
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.
Kindness could transform our schools, places of work, communities and families. Let’s shape a society that tips the balance in favour of good mental health, for all of us, but especially for those who are most vulnerable.
How can I get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week?
We know this is a difficult time for many of you, with the spread of coronavirus impacting our lives in various ways.
We’re asking our young people, what have you done to be kind lately?
We want to see/read your examples. Send them to us or share them on social media using the hashtag #YEPSBeKind with pictures that show you being kind to yourselves or friends, family or neighbours.
For more information visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/