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Published on: 18 May 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by the Mental Health Foundation, is an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness of mental health and promoting the message of good mental health for all.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the theme this year is the relationship between kindness and our mental health.
Over the last few months within Derbyshire Healthcare we have seen kindness that has prevailed in uncertain times.
Kindness has strengthened relationships, developed community spirit and deepened solidarity amongst colleagues. Kindness is defined by doing something for yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.
Research shows that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. We know that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
Here are a few useful tips on how to spread the kindness this week:
It can be easy to forget about yourself while practising kindness, but self-care is essential in maintaining healthy general wellbeing. Treat yourself to something you enjoy, such as watching your favourite film or spending an evening relaxing with a bath and a book.
If you find that you are in need of some extra support, further advice and information is available elsewhere on this website, for example through our Help in a Crisis page. Derbyshire Healthcare also has mental health support available to Derbyshire residents of all ages through a new mental health support line. If you are struggling with your mental health or experiencing distress or anxiety, please call 0300 790 0596 between the hours of 9am and midnight, seven days a week.
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