Monday 18 May marks the beginning of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme for this year is “kindness”, focusing on the power and potential of kindness which is important now more than ever as we cope with and recover from the impact of coronavirus.
Throughout this uncertain time, there have been multiple stories and displays of kindness which have had a profound impact on us as individuals and the country as a whole. From the huge numbers of people volunteering to support those who are vulnerable and isolating from coronavirus, to the fantastic Captain Tom Moore who has raised over £30 million for NHS charities by walking 100 lengths of his garden for his 100th birthday. Such acts of kindness are important for our mental health, with research showing that kindness can reduce stress, boost self-esteem and strengthen our relationships.
Kindness, however, is not always about being kind to others, it is also about being kind to ourselves and looking after our own mental health and emotional wellbeing. For many, the past few weeks and months will have been difficult emotionally, with dramatic changes to the way we live, work and socialise. Sometimes, we may need extra support to look after our mental health, whether that be information and advice, or someone to talk to about our concerns.
Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, NHS Wirral CCG will be sharing information on our Twitter @NHSWirralCCG and Facebook www.facebook.com/NHSWirralCCG/ pages to highlight ways of looking after our own mental health, including signposting to local support services and tips and advice on staying emotionally well.
Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ for expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. Details of local mental health and wellbeing support available in Wirral can be found here.