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World Mental Health Week 18th – 24th of May
18th May 2020 - 25th May 2020
World Mental Health Week 18th – 24th of May
From Monday 18th – Sunday the 24th of May, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is kindness. Over the past few months we have endured some very difficult times. The Coronavirus has changed our way of life. In many ways we’re are still trying to get to grips with how much our lives have been affected by the virus. However, during this time what has became clear is the many acts of kindness that have been demonstrated throughout this crisis. From people helping family, friends and neighbours to the amazing lifesaving work of our NHS.
It’s been proven that acts of kindness can boost our self-esteem and mental health. Kindness doesn’t need to be a grand gesture; in fact, the smallest kindnesses are usually the most felt and appreciated. So, pick up the phone and chat to that friend you have been meaning to call, check in on a neighbour (socially distanced of course)! Also, demonstrating kindness to oneself during this time is equally important! It’s ok to feel mixed up and not knowing whether you are coming or going some days. However, patience and kindness towards yourself and others is one of the keys to boost our mental health.
Below is a list of events that are being ran by organisations during Mental Health Awareness week – we hope you enjoy them! Remember though help is always at hand from West College Scotland if you are struggling – feel free to contact us through the student intranet if you need to chat!
Mental Health Awareness Week Events
See me Scotland – See Me are running a host of online events to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. All events are ran via their Facebook page and more information can be found by clicking on this link https://www.seemescotland.org/news-and-blogs/join-us-for-mental-health-awareness-week/
Mental Health Foundation – Check out the Mental Health Foundations stories of kindness. Try not to be inspired by these beautiful stories. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/kindness-stories
ITV News – Check out ITV’s Get Britain Talking campaign. Click on this link to find out more information on mental health. With input from celebrities and information about support about how to look after you! https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2020-05-18/mental-health-awareness-week-looking-after-you/
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – Have a look and discover the CALM’s wonderful website with wisdom, insights and events galore, this truly is a website packed full of useful information. https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Shout – Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text message service. Free all on major UK Networks it allows people to get help and support if they are in crisis. Click on this link for information on how to contact shout https://www.giveusashout.org/
Brothers in Arms – Brothers in Arms is a unique Scottish charity that supports men and their mental health. They run an amazing text service that can support men who are struggling with their mental health. To find our more and access their amazing support click this link https://brothersinarmsscotland.co.uk/
Breathing Space – This Scottish ran organisation gives individuals to phone and chat through whatever is on their minds. If you are struggling – reach out and speak to breathing space – they can help you to open-up when you are feeling down. https://www.breathingspace.scot/
Young Minds – Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity that supports children and young people with their mental health. If you are worried about a child or young person’s, then please do check out the valuable information that is contained on their website https://youngminds.org.uk/
Mind – Mind offer support and information on a whole host of mental health conditions. Check out their website for information and support https://www.mind.org.uk/
We hope that you find some of these websites useful….
In the mean time we shall leave you with some tips on Spreading Kindness during this time
Some Tips for Doing Good
At home and in your community
- Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
- Send a letter to your Gran and Grandad
- Send flowers to a friend out of the blue
- Offer to pick up some groceries for your elderly neighbour
- Send someone a handwritten thank you note
- Offer to babysit for a friend
- Walk your friend’s dog
- Tell your family members how much you love and appreciate them
- Help your mum with household chores
- Shovel snow for an elderly neighbour
- Check on someone you know who is going through a tough time
- Help a friend get active
And remember – It’s nice to be nice! 😊