This year the week runs from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 May and is a moment for the UK to focus on mental health.
What can you do to get involved?
Here are a few ideas…
Keep connected online with friends and family
- Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while.
- Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them.
- Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know.
- Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know.
- Make a cup of tea for someone you live with.
- Help with a household chore at home.
- Spend time with a family member or pet.
- Donate to a foodbank or charity.
- Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal.
- Offer to skill share with a friend via video call.
- Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation.
Join in on social media
During the week, you can carry out or reflect on an act of kindness. Take a photo or video (with permission!) and use the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek You can also share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using the same hashtags above.
What is the Mental Health Foundation?
The Mental Health Foundation works to prevent mental health problems. They drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a focus on those at greatest risk.
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Foundation said about the week: “Now more than ever, we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives. We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. And we want to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from this pandemic.
Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health. It has the potential to bring us together with benefits for everyone, particularly at times of great stress. One thing we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times, helping people to connect and communities to cope.
Kindness is also a vital way we can help support the millions of people who were experiencing mental health problems long before the pandemic started. The research clearly supports this – it shows that acts of kindness can help improve emotional wellbeing. This is true whether we are giving or receiving it.”
Let us know how you celebrate kindness!