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Mental Health Awareness Week

In her latest video, hear from WWTW's Clinical Lead, Carolyn as she shares her thoughts about the benefits of being kind and the importance of kindness during the period of #lockdown.

The theme for this years Mental Health Awareness week is kindness.  The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has chosen this theme because during these uncertain times, we have witnessed some amazing acts of kindness on a daily basis and through this we have been able to connect with our communities.  

When we are kind to others we feel good about ourselves and we enable others to feel good about themselves.  The smallest of gestures can help us to feel less stressed and can uplift us and make us more optimistic about the future. 

It isn’t always easy to be kind – to some this may be a sign of weakness.  Accepting gestures of kindness can also be difficult.  However, being kind can boost our self- esteem and improve our mood.  Sitting alongside acts of kindness, is volunteering – again giving a sense of purpose and allowing us to feel more connected to our communities. 

It is the hope of the MHF that acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place….now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health.