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
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.