Kindness is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, 18 to 24 May, and in these challenging and unusual times showing kindness to ourselves and to others has never been more important.
There’s evidence that acts of kindness can help improve our emotional wellbeing, whether we are giving or receiving the kind gesture.
Helping others creates a sense of belonging and reduces isolation, while kindness to ourselves can help boost our self-esteem and even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
Life is very different for most of us right now so it’s also important to be ‘kind to your mind’. Feeling stressed, struggling to sleep and experiencing low energy are perfectly normal reactions to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kind to Your Mind campaign
The Kind to Your Mind website, designed for people living and working in Cheshire and Merseyside, has lots of advice and useful resources to help you through these challenging times.
This includes ALMA, where you can access a range of free online therapy programmes which include short modules on dealing with stress, getting better sleep, improving resilience and coping with your emotions during the pandemic.
There’s also free approved health and wellbeing apps and some great podcasts to listen to with guest including Andy Cole and Dr Chatterjee, providing tips and advice to help you get through this difficult period.
For people who require urgent mental health support, the Kind to Your Mind website also contains a number of crisis helplines, which have been recently launched and offer 24/7 support for those living in Cheshire and Merseyside.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
We’ve seen so many acts of kindness and generosity since the coronavirus outbreak, both individuals and businesses wanting to support local people and communities. And even though we may not be directly affected by these kind acts, they mean so much to us all right now, giving us a boost of positivity!
“Of course, we are all likely to experience some stress or anxiety at this difficult time, as we make major changes to how we live and work. It is more important than ever that we look after our mental wellbeing and encourage others to do the same. The ‘Kind to Your Mind’ website has lots of great advice and useful resources, which have been clinically evaluated so you can be confident they really work and will help get you through these challenging times.”
To learn more about Kind to Your Mind, ALMA and access the range of free health and wellbeing apps and podcasts, please visit www.kindtoyourmind.org.