Join the MindWell Week of Kindness for Mental Health Awareness Week

MindWell, the mental health website for people in Leeds, will be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), 18-24 May, with a whole Week of Kindness, exploring different themes and activities each day.

The Week of Kindness social media campaign will provide new resources and lots of ideas to help us all think about how we can be kind to ourselves and to others during this difficult and uncertain time. Key campaign resources include:

MindWell Week of Kindness – seven days, seven themes

Monday - Be kind to your mind - downloadable resource

Tuesday - Be kind to your body - downloadable resource

Wednesday - Talk kindly to yourself - downloadable resource

Thursday - Spread kindness - downloadable resource

Friday - Be kind and generous to others – it makes you feel good! - downloadable resource

Saturday - Be kind to the world - downloadable resource

Sunday - Be kind every day - downloadable resource

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From positive self-talk and improving our self-care to being kind online and clapping for carers, there's lots we can do to be kind to ourselves and to the people and world around us.

Download our MindWell Week of Kindness Planner to help you, your group, household or work team start thinking about how you can get involved. We'll share the topics on our social media channels each day, have tips for ways to bring more kindness into your life and ask you to share your ideas and stories. It would be especially lovely to hear your experiences of kindness during the coronavirus outbreak.

During the week, we'll also be promoting events that are happening, as well as mentioning blogs and messages from other local organisations. We will also be asking you to use our Week of Kindness Planner (blank version) so you can write down your own ideas and intentions each day.

Our theme for the last day of MHAW 'Be kind every day' asks us all to think about the kindness experienced and how we can take it forward into our future lives. We've all seen the power of kindness spreading across our streets, city and organisations, as well as nationally and globally. The pandemic has given people the chance to show compassion and community spirit in ways we've not experienced on such a large scale for a long time. Many people are saying how much they want the spirit of kindness to continue beyond the coronavirus outbreak.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF). Mark Rowland, the chief executive, made a decision to change the planned theme, this year, in response to the coronavirus outbreak, when he was moved by an act of kindness from a supermarket staff member who brought umbrellas for people queueing in the rain. As the MHF says:

“…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."

Kindness is good for our mental health, physical health, families, workplaces and city. So let's keep on being kind.

Further information

Free digital champion training

One event you can book on now is Digital inclusion: supporting mental health & wellbeing on 21 May, organised by 100% Digital Leeds, Leeds City Council, Co>Space North Online and mhabitat. It's a free online event that focuses on digital inclusion for improved health and wellbeing and is for anyone working to support people's mental health and wellbeing. You can find out more and book a place here.

About MindWell

MindWell is funded locally by NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group and brings together mental health information from the NHS in Leeds, Leeds City Council and the third sector into one single 'go to' place. The website currently features a Coronavirus Mental Health Information Hub, acting as a 'portal' or 'go to' place for information about mental health and Covid-19 for people in Leeds: The hub includes up-to-date information about finding help during the outbreak, guides to help you take care of your mental health and self-care resources and videos.

About Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 18 – Sunday 24 May 2020 and is led by the Mental Health Foundation.

National Twitter hashtags: #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #MHAW20

Mental Health Foundation social media graphics for MHAW can be found on their website.

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