This week we are proud to be campaigning for better mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year the campaign will focus on kindness. Kindness has never been more important for our communities across the country. Many people across the UK are counting on the kindness of families, friends, colleagues and strangers to see them through this crisis.
Almost 60% of Community members we surveyed told us that the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. So this week, we are asking our members to get involved this Mental Health Awareness week and to consider sharing acts of kindness. Whether it is reaching out to call a friend or family member who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation, or offering support to vulnerable neighbours, please join us and make kindness matter. Read this blog from our General Secretary on why we’re proud to be supporting this week.
Rosena Allin-Khan MP (Shadow Minister for Mental Health) and Simon Blake OBE (CEO of Mental Health First Aid England) will be joining Community members on ‘Mental Health and Covid-19’ Zoom call this Thursday 21st at 5:30pm. Please join us on the call, ask any questions you may have on mental health and Covid-19 to our guest speakers, and hear their thoughts on how we can help each other improve our mental wellbeing during this difficult time. You can register by clicking here and submit your questions through the sign up link.
This Thursday at 11am we will be also participating in a “Staying positive in lockdown and beyond” with the TUC and Birkbeck University. This webinar looks at helping you achieve optimal wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown and beyond. You can register for the webinar which will be on the 21st of May from 11:00 – 12:00, by clicking here.
We have continued to support the health and wellbeing of our members, with several of our members and reps completing training from basic awareness to completion of Mental Health First Aid training. We want to continue supporting members and provide you with the opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge and understanding of mental health. We have various courses and training available to members:
We hope you can join us in some of our activities this week, and take the time to consider showing acts of kindness. By talking about our wellbeing and mental health, and supporting our colleagues, families and friends, we can help tip the balance in favour of good mental health across the UK.
If you aren’t already a member, you can join us here.
You can view all of our COVID-19 resources here.