Mental Health Awareness Week

“The first Mental Health Awareness Week took place in 2001, and has since become one of the most significant mental health awareness observances in the world…This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK is “kindness”. The theme for the week was originally supposed to be “sleep”. However, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Mental Health Foundation decided in April to make a last-minute change.

“Now more than ever, we need to rediscover kindness in our daily lives,” said Mark Rowland, chief executive of the organisation. “We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. And we want to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from this pandemic.” Mr Rowland added that throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the organisation has witnessed kindness “prevailing in uncertain times, helping people to connect and communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic”…Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, the organisation is to release new data regarding the mental health benefits of spreading kindness.” (The Independent, 18.05.20)

How can our community get involved get involved?

Please find enclosed the pack to support mental health awareness week (PDF copy attached or see hyperlink here Mental Health Awareness Pack ) The pack is full of ideas to spread kindness in your community, and information about mental health.

One of the kindest things we can do as a community for anyone struggling with their mental health is to make sure that we are a safe place for people to share their feelings, and to access help and support. With this in mind, please can you ensure that you advertise on any forum available to you this week your support of “Mental Health Awareness Week #KindnessMatters” with links to the following support, and consider how you can use the attached pack to celebrate and encourage the kind acts that take place in our community every day. (Please be careful not to name any names of individuals on social media without their explicit understanding and consent)

Mental Health Foundation

“The Hub of Hope is the world’s first of its kind mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place for the first time ever. Using the location of web browser or mobile devices, the cloud-based web application allows anyone, anywhere to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a ‘talk now’ button connecting users directly to the Samaritans. It is currently the biggest and most comprehensive resource of its kind, with more than 1,200 validated support networks already registered on the web app and this number increasing each day. It has been endorsed by the Samaritans and 25 other national mental health support organisations and trusts. It already has a proven record of providing support to thousands as a vital stopgap for those on the five to six month NHS waiting list for mental health referrals.” (0300 123 3393)

Mind is a mental health charity, whose aim is that no one has to face a mental health problem alone. (116 123)

The Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at (0800 4 70 80 90)

The Silver Line  is a free confidential telephone helpline offering information, friendship and  advice to older people in the United Kingdom, available 24 hours a day (01635 869754)

Students against depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.

 Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won’t show up on your phone bill.

NSPCC 0808 800 5000