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Do good for yourself and others during Mental Health Awareness Week

Morrisons Lanark donation

Morrisons in Lanark have been promoting kindness with many local donations, seen here at University Hospital Wishaw

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

"Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.  We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem.  Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism." 

During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation asks you to do three things:  

  • Reflect on an act of kindness. Share your stories and pictures (with permission) of kindness during the week using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Use our resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands in practising acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week 
  • Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

What are the health benefits of kindness?

  • Helping others feel good
  • Creates a sense of belonging and reduces isolation
  • Helps keep things in perspective
  • Helps to make the world a happier place – one act of kindness can often lead to more!  
  • The more you do for others, the more you do for yourself

Have a think...what does kindness mean to you?

There are also 3 short videos developed by Health Scotland that you may find useful this week:

  1. Ask, Tell - Look After Your Mental Health: understanding mental health and keeping mentally healthy: https://vimeo.com/338176495
  2. Ask, Tell - Have a Healthy Conversation: supporting compassionate conversations with people who may be experiencing mental distress or who are at risk of suicide: https://vimeo.com/338176444
  3. Ask, Tell - Save a Life: Every Life Matters: suicide prevention and keeping people safe: https://vimeo.com/338176393

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