Kindness Matters

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th-24th May 2020

Mental Health Foundation is hosting Mental Health Awareness week from 18th-24th May 2020 and this year they are focusing on kindness.

They have chosen kindness as their theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week because of the abundance of kind actions we have seen prevailing across the world during uncertain times. 

How to get involved

The Mental Health Foundation have a whole selection of ways that you can get involved in promoting kindness and mental health awareness during the week and would love to hear about what you get up to. Follow them on social media as they share tips and moments of kindness throughout the week.

Young People in Wiltshire have also shared their wellbeing tips how to manage everyday life during COVID-19, click here to see what they have said.

Being Kind to yourself

As we know, the times we are living in are very uncertain and it is okay not to know how to feel or act at the moment. One thing that we are aware of is that although giving and being kind to others is good for our mental well being there are times when that can feel like too much. This is especially true at the moment. 

For that reason we want to remind you of the importance of being kind to yourself at the moment. You may be finding it hard to focus on your school work. You may be finding all of the video chats, text messages and social media posts from friends and family overwhelming. The motivation or ability to work on your goals may have stalled. It may seem your friends have the energy to workout multiple times a day, bake delicious goodies for themselves and have the time to learn a new skill all while you are finding it hard to motivate yourself to do things that you usually enjoy. We are here to tell you that this is okay. We are all dealing with a completely unknown situation and all coping in different ways. Some days may be better than others, this is why kindness is so important right now, we need to remember to be kind and accept both our own and other’s ways of coping. 

So in the name of kindness and being kind to yourself, do something for you! Make yourself your favourite drink, put on your favourite movie, sing and dance to your favourite song or simply give yourself permission to be less productive than normal. Once you’ve treated yourself to a little kindness you may find you feel more able to spread the kindness to others. Or just recognise how important it is to be kind to yourself.