Welfare Wednesday: Mental Health Awareness Week!

Today's Welfare Wednesday is a little bit different because this week is actually Mental Health Awareness Week. This year's theme is "kindness" and it is such a lovely one and one I have written about myself because I really do think it is crucial.

Here's some words about it from the campaign runners. We all have so much going on in our lives - including competing strains and stresses – not to mention the current coronavirus pandemic. This can see kindness pushed to one side, in favour of what is urgent or trending now.  It can be easy to signal kindness by posting online and following a trend, but harder to commit to kindness in our daily words and actions, but if we take the time to be kind to other people, we can reap the emotional dividends. It can really make a difference and especially for people who are vulnerable or struggling. Now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health.

Kindness is choosing to do something that helps others or yourself, motivated by genuine warm feelings. It often means putting other people’s needs before our own. It could be by giving up our seat on a bus to someone who might need it more, or offering to make a cup of tea for someone at work. Evidence shows that helping others can also benefit our own mental health and well-being. For example, it can reduce stress as well as improve mood, self-esteem and happiness.

So be kind...