The Mental Health Foundation is home of Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place for one week in May every year.
They pick a theme each year and campaign around topics like body image, stress and relationships. Since their first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001 they’ve reached millions of people. This year, with your support, they want to reach more people than ever.
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 your emotional wellbeing.
This year the theme they have chosen is kindness, I think this is very fitting for these uncertain and trying times. Amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. Kindness is prevailing over this virus and is bringing us all together which I think is brilliant.
Find out more information on why they have chosen Kindness as the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.
How can I get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week?
Share on social media
We want to get the nation talking about kindness and mental health. By joining in online, you can even reach people from around the world.
Download The Mental Health Foundation’s graphics for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and share with your friends and family.
During the week, they would like you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness. Take a photo or video (with permission!) and use the hashtags: #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
You can also share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using the same hashtags above.
Alongside social media graphics, they have created a #KindnessMatters GiF. Search ‘KindnessMatters‘ or ‘Mentalhealthfoundation‘ and attach the GiF to your post (feed or stories) and share!
Host a virtual fundraising event
With multiple events being either cancelled or postponed, here are some virtual fundraising ideas that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
- Join their movement challenge during May – We are asking you to be active for 30 minutes a day using your activity calendar!
- Hold a virtual quiz with family or friends – This is a great way to stay in touch with loved ones while raising money for mental health!
- Create a Facebook fundraiser – Why not raise money through Facebook Donate?
Need more inspiration? They have more virtual fundraising ideas here.
Attend an online Mental Health Arts Festival
The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival have a special programme of online activities in May, including film screenings and artist commissions.
You can fundraise or support The Mental Health Foundation with a donation.
Join in on 18-24 May 2020 to share why kindness matters to you. Take a photo/video & use the hashtags: #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Tag MHF across social media – they would love to see what you get up to: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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