The importance of kindness across our communities is being celebrated during Mental Health Awareness Week this year, which takes place between 18 and 24 May.
It is vital that we take notice of our mental health, but research has also shown how kindness made to others has a positive impact on our own mental wellbeing.
In North Lincolnshire during the coronavirus pandemic, residents have witnessed wonderful acts of kindness, from shopping for neighbours and collecting prescriptions, to making touching tributes to key workers.
One act often leads to another and creates a sense of belonging, building community spirit and boosting our wellbeing.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, everyone is encouraged to stay safe and well and be positive through the power and potential of kindness.
Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week at the Mental Health Foundation website.
The following resources are available to support kindness and mental health:
- The Mental Health Foundation has produced a ‘Kindness Matters’ guide. Find out more at the Mental Health Foundation website.
- Sing Song: Times Like These has been created for the Deaf community to raise awareness during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more at the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf website.
- The NSPCC have shared resources to help parents look after their mental health during COVID-19. Find out more at the NSPCC website.
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is encouraging young people aged between 14 and 25 to help at home as part of the volunteering section of the award. Find out more at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website.