Mental Health Awareness Week takes place on 18th to 24th May and the focus this year is kindness.
Now is the time, to recognise the strength kindness can bring into our lives and to tap into and trust in our common humanity.
When we focus on kindness, we make a positive impact on ourselves and on each other. We are now, on a daily basis, showing strength in kindness by staying at home and respecting social distancing rules.
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week we want to hear about the acts of kindness happening every day. We want you to share your own actions and those of the people around you - showing strength in kindness towards your community, your household and to yourself.
Strength in community kindness
Kindness is contagious- By being kind, we also have the opportunity to impact someone else’s day. Something as simple as smiling at others or saying hello can help turn a bad day into a bright day.
Strength in kindness in your household
Since lockdown began, we have been told, ‘Stay at Home’ and that action in itself is an act of kindness to all those around us. In your household, no matter what your situation, you can create a kind space for people to relax, be honest and connect.
Not every household is a safe space. Nexus NI helpline will offer much needed support, advice and referral for all victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Northern Ireland. You can call on 0808 802 1414.
Strength in kindness to yourself
Being kind is courageous. Have the courage to be kind to yourself as well as others
With kindness comes hope, and with hope comes the strength to overcome these hard times together.