Mental Health Awareness week

Mental health awareness week poster

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from 18-24 May is kindness.  

We’ve included information from the official website below.  You can find more information and resources at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week  

You can also follow the week on social media

Facebook: @mentalhealthfoundation

Twitter: @mentalhealth

Instagram: @mentalhealthfoundation

Kindness and Mental Health  

Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.   Research suggests that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. Kindness can act as an antidote to isolation and create a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can boost our sense of identity and self-esteem, improving feelings of confidence and optimism.  

Here are some ideas to add a little kindness into your day.

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
  • Make a meal or even just a cup of tea for someone you live with
  • Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
  • Help with a household chore at home
  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  • Tell someone you know that you are proud of them and why you are thankful for them
  • Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  • Send someone you know a joke or a funny picture to cheer them up
  • Send an inspirational quote or an interesting article to a friend
  • Spend a little extra time playing with your children or your pet
  • Donate your time, skills or money to a charity
  • Arrange to have a video lunch with someone 
  • Offer to skill share with a friend via video call – you could teach guitar, dance etc.
  • Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
  • Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal

Please remember that there are also University resources and trained staff to help you with mental health issues, find out more on our Student & Library Support update.