Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020. To celebrate this year's theme of kindness, we'll be shining a spotlight on the many acts of kindness carried out by our community.
Throughout the week on our blog we'll be sharing stories of kindness from the 1 in 70 people trained in Mental Health First Aid England skills.
If you'd like to share your story, please get in touch and tell us how you've been supporting friends, family and colleagues over the past few weeks.
Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme at the Mental Health Foundation's website.
MHFA England National Trainer and Director of The Alliance for Learning Teaching School, Lisa Fathers, shares her thoughts on kindness in these trying times: Why kindness will be key in the recovery from Coronavirus.
Our Chief Exec Simon writes about what the theme of kindness means to him on his blog: A lens of kindness. Simon also shared his thoughts in The Lord Mayor's Appeal's video where senior leaders across London came together to speak about kindness:
Simon delivered a webinar with Walt Disney Company for Mental Health Awareness Week. Claire Brody, Disney's Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, EMEA, shared a poem she wrote for Mental Health Awareness Week which you can read here: My Whole Self.
Keep up to date on social media using #KindnessMatters.
We asked our Mental Health First Aiders to share their tips on supporting the #mentalhealth and wellbeing of colleagues, friends, family and importantly themselves too. #KindnessMatters https://t.co/XZzpBtdwIO pic.twitter.com/b3KsIY2eN9— Mental Health First Aid England (@MHFAEngland) May 19, 2020
We’ve been inspired by the acts of kindness demonstrated throughout this period and will be sharing highlights of the support Mental Health First Aiders are providing to their local communities during this challenging time. 💚 #KindnessMatters #MHAW20https://t.co/pKqzyuiHof pic.twitter.com/vabKShG9sr— Mental Health First Aid England (@MHFAEngland) May 20, 2020
For ideas on ways to be kind to yourself and others, take a look at 10 Keys to Happier Living from Action for Happiness. Social distancing rules apply, but there are plenty of things we can do to be kind from home.