Date: 20th May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the main message is ‘Kindness’, not only to yourselves but to others.  Studies have found that acts of kindness are linked to increased feelings of wellbeing. Helping others can also improve our support networks and encourage us to be more active. This, in turn, can improve our self-esteem. There is some evidence to suggest that when we help others, it can promote changes in the brain that are linked with happiness. (The Mental Health Foundation)

At times like this we are learning to adapt to the requirements needed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. As a result we have had to rethink the way we do our hobbies, and pursue our interests.   

You can share your skills, such as offering to help with technology, sharing recipes, or sewing masks or scrubs for key workers. These are all great ways to bring your skills and interests to others. 

But it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo it!    

If anyone is struggling or knows someone who is please don’t forget the free service available to everyone ‘Let’s Keep Talking’.