It’s Mental Health Awareness Week next week and this year’s theme is ‘kindness’.
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times, especially with the pandemic surrounding 2020.
The Mental Health Foundation are the home of Mental Health Awareness Week and are an organisation with a vision for good mental health for all. Their mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.
What is Mental Health Awareness Week?
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. Each May, The Mental Health Foundation build a campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. Since their first campaign in 2001, they have raised awareness of topics such as body image, stress and relationships. Hundreds of schools, businesses and communities have started to open conversations around mental health and that change can save lives.
The campaign reaches millions of people every year. With the current situation of COVID-19, now is a better time than ever to get involved and raise awareness of mental health and this year's theme, kindness.
Getting involved is extremely easy. You can either share the campaign to make other people aware or you can participate, ideally both! You can do as little or as much as you want in participating - for example, you could send a text to a friend which motivates them. Alternatively, you could host an online fundraiser with your team at work. The PDF below gives many examples of what you can do - it doesn't have to cost you anything.