Recently, there’s been rainbows spotted across our city to celebrate the hard work of our friends in the NHS. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we’re asking you to complement the rainbows in your windows by adding some blue squiggle artwork to remind everyone (including those key workers!) to look after their mental health.
Kindness is one of the key values that Leeds Mind bases its service delivery and campaigns around, so the charity is making the most of the event to urge the population of Leeds to look after their mental wellbeing.
Helen Kemp, Chief Executive of Leeds Mind, said: “Whether you’ve been furloughed, you’re working from home, you’re continuing to go out to work as a frontline worker or anything else, we all have added pressures on our mental health at the moment.
“Just as displaying a rainbow is a symbol of thanks to our NHS colleagues, displaying a squiggle is like flying a flag to passers-by that says ‘we’re being kind to ourselves and looking after our mental health. You deserve to do that too’.
Helen continued: “When you think about what kindness looks like, it’s very difficult to quantify. For one person it could be someone fetching their shopping for them, for another it could just be a quick phone call or text. In short, kindness is almost impossible to pinpoint, and certainly won’t look the same from one person to the next.
“That’s why we thought the blue squiggles were a good idea to depict kindness, as each will be unique to its creator, but all the images will have a commonality. It’s also nice to think of these inspiring more positivity, as the sight of one person’s blue squiggle will give another a reminder to be kind to themselves.”
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Create your own blue squiggle
- Display your squiggles in your window
- Share on social using the hastags #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeKindWithLeedsMind