Mental Health Awareness Week happens this year on the 18th – 24th May. Led by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is ‘kindness’. Here is what the Foundation have to say about the event:

 “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 emotional wellbeing.

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.”

We couldn’t agree more on the important of kindness and the benefits it offers. That’s why we’re planning a variety of activities and would love for you to join in. Whether that’s holding daily kindness for wellbeing Zoom sessions, watching kindness videos or doing ‘random acts of kindness’, there’s something for everyone! Browse this page for further information and the latest news!

Acts of Kindness

We’re going to be doing random acts of kindness all week and blog about our experiences. Check out our dedicated blog post for the full details! We’d also love to hear what acts of kindness you have been doing – you can even be in our blog if you like.  Let us know what you’re doing by getting in touch. In the meantime, why not get some ideas from these places:

Random Acts of Kindness for Android Devices

Nobly for Apple Devices

Mental Health Foundation’s Idea Page

Zoom Sessions

Monday through Friday at 11am, we’ll be hosting Zoom sessions based on one of the ‘five ways to wellbeing’. We’ll be discussing how kindness can be used to promote each of these five ways. For full details on how to join and an introduction from our Recovery Worker, Chipo, head on over to the dedicated ‘Five Ways to Kindness’ page.

Monday 18th May – Connect

Tuesday 19th May – Be Active

Wednesday 20th May – Keep Learning

Thursday 21st May – Give

Friday 22nd May – Take Notice

Looking for evening sessions?

Join Thrive and Community Action in their  evening Zoom sessions! Check out the details on their website by clicking the link:

Kindness Cafe

Speak Your Mind

Digital Resources

If you’re looking for further information on kindness and its benefits to wellbeing, try out the following websites:

Mental Health Foundation

Action for Happiness

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

You can also find some inspiring kindness stories online, we particularly like these two!

BBC – Helping the Homeless

This morning – Helping the Homeless