Mental Health Awareness Week 18th-24th May
Every year in May, the Mental Health Foundation campaigns around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. Since 2001, they have raised awareness of topics like body image, stress and relationships to highlight the fact that mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time.
This year’s theme is kindness.
It’s the little things that can really lift someone’s day. After all, #KindnessMatters
“One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing.” (Mental Health Foundation).
10 small acts of kindness to inspire you
These might seem obvious, but it’s the little things that can really lift someone’s day. After all, #KindnessMatters.
- Offer to skill share with a friend via video call – you could teach guitar, dance, cooking etc.
- Tell someone you know that you are proud of them.
- Help with a household chore at home.
- Donate to a foodbank near you.
- Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation.
- Make a cup of tea for someone you live with (especially if they are always putting the kettle on for everyone else).
- Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling.
- Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal - this could also be a great way of supporting small or local businesses.
- Offer support to vulnerable neighbours whether that’s shopping, a self-distanced chat over the garden fence or a phone call.
- Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call. Or you could use a sharing platform like BBC Together.
Support is available
The University is offering online health and wellbeing events including live sessions, pre-recorded workshops and self-help resources. You can find out more on the University intranet.
Don’t forget, our Student Advice team offers a free, confidential advice, information and support service.
You can also get support to help you manage your mental, physical and emotional health from University Student Support.