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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 – kindness

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 – kindness

Today marks the beginning of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 2020 – a week which aims to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems. This year’s theme = kindness.

Be Kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about

No more pertinent than now with experts saying the months spent under #lockdown due to the #coronavirus pandemic could have a ‘devastating’ and long-lasting impact on our mental health.

According to organisers Mental Health Foundation: “We think it could be the most important week we’ve hosted. Our own research shows that protecting our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic – with the psychological and social impacts likely to outlast the physical symptoms of the virus.”

Mental Health Foundation, organisers of Mental health Awareness Week

A common issue

The increasing awareness and acceptance of #mentalhealth as a constant in all our lives, and the role in plays in #productivity in our businesses, has been great to see in recent years.

Struggles with mental health are common, 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year.

Being open about mental health has increasingly permeated conversations, we accept it in each other; loved ones, friends, colleagues and we are seeing more and more work cultures, and practices, proactively promoting positive mental health.

What is kindness, does it matter?

So what is kindness? … there are many definitions of what it means to be kind and kindness is often entwined with related concepts like empathy, compassion, and altruism. 

At its core, kindness is a gesture motivated by genuine, warm feelings for others. Kindness, therefore, is not just an emotion, but is defined by our actions.

Kindness helps individual mental health

People who are kind, compassionate, forgiving and reasonable see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness.

Evidence shows that helping others can benefit our own mental health and wellbeing. Helping others feels good and acts of kindness are good for us improving self-esteem, reducing stress, improving mood and happiness.

Small acts of kindness at work benefit the giver, the receiver and the whole organisation!

Far from being a ‘soft’ and incidental subject, this directly effects confidence and motivation, key factors in work place effectiveness and productivity.

Making in meaningful

Who could you be kind to outside of your normal circle of relationships? Is there a relationship you could mend by being kind?

Let’s bring a change to our spheres or influence; home and work through kindness. It’s good for you and me!