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Mental Health Week - 18th - 24th May: focus on benefits of kindness


Posted on Thursday 14th May 2020

“Kindness” announced as new theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, in response to coronavirus outbreak

“Kindness” has been announced as the new theme for Mental Health Awareness Week|, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

The charity will publish new polling data and a summary of the latest research evidence about the important mental health benefits of kindness, along with tips, ideas and stories that it hopes will inspire the nation.  

Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Now more than ever, we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives. 

“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.  

“Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health. It has the potential to bring us together with benefits for everyone, particularly at times of great stress. 

“One thing we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times, helping people to connect and communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  

“Kindness is also a vital way we can help support the millions of people who were experiencing mental health problems long before the pandemic started.  

“The research clearly supports| this – it shows that acts of kindness can help improve emotional wellbeing. This is true whether we are giving or receiving it.” 

Public Library Resources for 'Mental Health Week'

Reading is also a benefit for mental health.The Public Libraries have a selection of mental health and well-being books that can be accessed electronically via the ‘borrow box’ scheme.
See here| for details of how to access