The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is “kindness”.
We're all under extra pressure right now. Things are changing quickly and we may not always be in control. You may not always be kind to yourself.
Yet it's important for our mental health (and that of other people) that we take a second to be kind. That may help everyone around us with our thoughts and actions.
As MentalHealth.org.uk notes:
"We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity.
It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive."
Being warm and considerate can help us relate to others. It may help us be gentler on ourselves. Even if we need to have a difficult conversation, kindness can make a huge difference.
It's important to remember one important thing; we don’t know what is going on in someone’s life. Often remembering this can help you feel more kind towards others.
This kindness can help to strengthen our wellbeing as well as the mental health of other people.
Are you looking for more resources about mental health awareness week?
we've provided links to the official website and resource pages below.