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Be Kind During Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-24 May

Local residents are being asked by health bosses at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to support this year’s theme of ‘kindness’ as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-24, May.

Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and highlights the need for us all to look after our minds as well as our bodies. The aim of the week is to raise public awareness of mental health in general, mental health problems and to promote good mental health for all through acts of kindness.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire CCG and local GP, said: “Looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have been very challenging and people’s mental health will have been affected in various ways.

“Many people will be feeling lonely, isolated, stressed and anxious during this difficult period, so we must do all we can to look after each other and support one another’s mental wellbeing. So, I am appealing to people to show a little kindness which can make a big different to someone’s mental health and wellbeing.”

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG and local GP, said: “I’m proud that so many residents across the county have been showing acts of kindness by volunteering to help vulnerable groups in our communities during the lockdown.

“Being kind to others makes us feel good and also lifts the spirits of those who receive acts of kindness. Some of the benefits of kindness include feeling less isolated, creating a sense of belonging, helping to reduce stress, deepening friendships, boosting self-esteem and improving feelings of confidence and optimism.”

During Mental Health Awareness Week, local health leaders are supporting the campaign by asking you to do three things:

  • Reflect on an act of kindness. Share your stories and pictures (with permission) of kindness during the week using the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
  • Use the campaign resources from the Mental Health Foundation website (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/resources) in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands of people in practicing acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week.
  • Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.