Did you know that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK?
Taking place each year during the month of May, this year’s week of mental health-centred awareness raising, de-stigmatization, fundraising, and resource sharing is happening right now between Monday the 18th and Sunday the 24th.
Every year, the campaign is guided in part by a unique theme, with the theme for 2020 being: ‘Kindness.’
Why kindness? The Mental Health Foundation, the charity behind this annual campaign, explains their lovely choice like so.
“We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.”
I couldn’t agree more.
As regular readers of this site will know well, kindness in all its shapes and sizes is something I like to highlight and celebrate as often as possible here on Cathedral Grove.
And while kindness – both the giving and receiving of it – has been essential to maintaining good mental health throughout history, I think you’ll no doubt agree that it’s especially important and impactful right now during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
I hope you’ll join me as throughout this week I share a variety of advice, ideas, and resources to help you both support others experiencing some form of mental distress and nurture your own good mental health and total well-being.
In the meantime, why not check out these popular posts from the archives? I hope you’ll find some of the suggestions within to be of help to you or others.
- A Brief Introduction to Mindful Eating
- A Brief Introduction to Mindful Walking
- Mindful Moments: 3 Small Challenges to Help You Practice Being in the Present
- 10 Simple, Easy Self-Care Suggestions for Mental and Physical Wellness
- 6 Small Acts of Self-Care to Try in This New Year
I’ll simply sign off now by wishing you all a very happy, healthy week ahead, with my best. Take care!