Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020. This year's theme is kindness.

Why kindness?

Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.  We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem.  Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism. 

But kindness is an intrinsically risky endeavour. It can risk us looking foolish or being taken advantage of, which is why we sometimes retreat. To receive or to give kindness is an act of courage. Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to support each other to take that brave step and harness the benefits for both giver and receiver.  

Look out for our posts throughout the week on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, sharing positivity, signposting people to support available and giving tips to share kindness with one another.