Be kind this Mental Health Awareness Week
Posted: Mon, 18 May 2020 11:25
The health benefits of being kind - to others and yourself - are the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week from May 18th - 24th.
According to the Mental Health Foundation's Kindness Matters Guide, helping others is linked to increased feelings of wellbeing as well as improving community cohesion and reducing social isolation. "Helping others can also improve our support networks and encourage us to be more active," it says. "This, in turn, can improve our self-esteem."
There are lots of resources online to help you get involved and support your mental health, throughout the week and beyond:
- Norfolk and Waveney Mind is running a Festival of Kindness with events, music, talks, activities for families, and wellbeing advice.
- Norfolk & Waveney Wellbeing Service has a calendar of free online social events. Its '5 Ways to Wellbeing' talk on Wednesday, May 20th will look at physical activity's role in supporting mental health.
- Mind has top tips on being active to help your mental wellbeing.
- Watch the Body Coach video on the mental health benefits of exercise.
- Norfolk County Council's website has information and support for mental wellbeing.
Follow the social tag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek for more ideas and resources.