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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Kindness during the Coronavirus outbreak, The Mental Health Foundation

Kindness during the Coronavirus outbreak, The Mental Health Foundation

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from Monday 18th - Sunday 24th May 2020 and the theme this year is 'kindness'.

Mental health has become more relevant than ever to all our lives as we manage the impact of the pandemic. This year, Mental Health Awareness week provides an opportunity to get involved and share acts of kindness to inspire and uplift others. Helping others is also beneficial for your own mental health, reducing stress and improving your emotional wellbeing.

Get Involved

There are a variety of ways you could demonstrate kindness during these uncertain times. How will you get involved and who will you uplift? You could;

  • Show your appreciation for the key workers and volunteers keeping the country going by taking part in the clap for the carers;
  • Donate to a food bank or a charity;
  • Offer help to an elderly neighbour; or
  • Reach out to a relative, friend or neighbour with a motivational text or virtual catch up.

Alternatively, you might like to;

  • Celebrate the achievements of a fellow colleague or student;
  • Praise a peer for something they have done well; or
  • Thank someone you appreciate, such as those working hard to help us to continue learning, teaching and working.

The Mental Health Foundation has more information about how to get involved with random acts of kindness for Mental Health Awareness week. If you feel inspired, share your random acts of kindness on social media to help encourage others to get involved.  If you are uplifted by a kind act from someone else, show your appreciation by sharing your stories and pictures (with permission) on Twitter using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

Mental Health Support from the University of Leeds

If you’re dealing with a mental health issue, the University offers a range of services for staff and students;

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