Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 15th May, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place next week from 18 – 24 May. This awareness week is run every year by the Mental Health Foundation with an aim to get people talking about their mental health and to reduce the stigma that exists around the many illnesses associated with poor mental health.
There is no better time to talk about mental health as people battle with loss of loved ones, the challenge of isolation and lack of contact with friends and family due to the coronavirus pandemic. The psychological and social impacts of the virus will last much longer than the physical symptoms so the message that help is out there and it is OK to talk about how you are feeling, is more important than ever.
This year’s theme is ‘kindness’ and has been chosen because it ‘strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity’. The Mental Health Foundation also says ‘Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.’ Stories of kindness abound across our organisation and next week we will be sharing how our staff have been kind to others, what kindness means to them, and how, in these challenging times, the community has been kind to us. Keep an eye on this news section and on our social media pages for more.
Get involved with random acts of kindness
The Mental Health Foundation is asking people to share random acts of kindness to help spread awareness, and kindness, across the country during the pandemic. To take part, all you have to do is:
1) Pick an item from the list below
2) Take action
3) Share the kindness on social media
4) Tag @mentalhealth and @DPT_NHS on Twitter and @mentalhealthfoundation on Instagram and Facebook
5) Use the hashtag #coronavirusKindness
Let’s help combat the stigma surrounding mental health and spread some kindness in these challenging times.