This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and now more than ever it’s really important to look after not only our own mental health and wellbeing, but those around us too.
The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Kindness’. Showing kindness can have an incredible impact on our mental health, as our positive actions reflect on our mood and can brighten up someone else’s day.
Colleagues from across our Trust are backing the Acts of Kindness message in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. So much has been happening across the Trust… from ‘Acts of Kindness’ boards popping up, enabling staff to write thank you messages for colleagues each week to rainbow walkways appearing in corridors, showcasing fantastic art work from local children – “a big thank you to the children of Brookdale Primary School who have painted rainbows and rainbow “wheels” to brighten up the Wheelchair Service reception area”.
Messages of kindness and thanks are also woven in to the daily bulletin which is circulated to all staff across the organisation; “Karen has worked every day with a smile on her face. She is always happy to help the team to provide care to our children and young people. We really would be lost without her. She has a laugh that is infectious and a smile for everyone”.
To continue to mark Mental Health Awareness Week the Trust would love to hear about the kindness and community spirit that has been so abundant during the pandemic – there have been some incredible acts of kindness throughout the local community. No matter the gesture, whether it’s checking in with a friend, family member or colleague, dropping off a sweet treat at your neighbour’s door, or sending a card or care package they want to hear from you. You can share your story in words, as a video, or a photograph, by tagging the Trust on Twitter @wchc_nhs or emailing us email@example.com.
Emma Ashley, Head of Human Resources – Engagement and Wellbeing, said “Kindness has the potential to bring the community together during this time. It’s has never been more important for us to support our friends, family and neighbours with acts of kindness to lift the spirits of our community as a whole. Acts of kindness can have such a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing, particularly during times of stress.”
For inspiration of the acts of kindness you can perform daily check out the Action for Happiness Calendar – www.actionforhappiness.org
This week is also an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. So, if you or someone you know is struggling visit the wellbeing section on this website. It’s full of lots of useful resources, information and local support.