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Mental Health Awareness Week - 18 – 24 May 2020

Published on Monday, 18th May 2020

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Maldon District Council is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week and participating in the theme for this year which is “Kindness”, specifically chosen in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The annual week which is run by the Mental Health Foundation runs from 18th to 24th May and is a moment for us all to focus on our mental health and practise kindness to ourselves and others especially during this challenging time. 

We will be regularly posting on our social media channels throughout the week with ideas of how to support your mental health and with details of the organisations who are there to support you and your family.

The mental wellbeing of our staff who have had to adapt very quickly to working from home, is particularly important, so we are encouraging our staff, who are working remotely, to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week.

Using technology, virtual activities have been arranged for each day of the week. We have videos from our Mental Health First Aiders, a live video call from our Director of Resources Chris Leslie and two virtual sessions; “What’s in my stress container?” and a guided relaxation.

Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Now more than ever, we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives. 

“We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. And we want to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from this pandemic.  

“Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health. It has the potential to bring us together with benefits for everyone, particularly at times of great stress. 

“One thing we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times, helping people to connect and communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  

“Kindness is also a vital way we can help support the millions of people who were experiencing mental health problems long before the pandemic started.  

“The research clearly supports this – it shows that acts of kindness can help improve emotional wellbeing. This is true whether we are giving or receiving it.” 

Mr Rowland added: “anyone and everyone can take part – be it by carrying out an act of kindness, doing some volunteering or contributing to the discussion about what kind of society we want to emerge from the pandemic.”