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Reflections as Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 comes to an end

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"We have learnt that amid the anxiety, there is community, support and hope" The coronavirus outbreak took us all by surprise and has created anxiety, uncertainty and stress.   One positive thing we may have noticed, however, across the world, in our city and even in our neighbourhood, is that kindness is prevailing in these

Letterwriting: a simple act of kindness

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"A cherished lockdown hobby that I hope to keep up long after we return to 'normal'" Naomi, our Business Development Assistant, shares the way she's tackled feelings of isolation during lockdown, in the hope it inspires others to give it a try or find something similar that works for them. Since it's Mental Health Awareness

Fundraisers and kindness

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Our fundraisers and how they embody kindness I’ll start by introducing myself, my name is Gemma (Green) and I am the Community Fundraiser for Leeds Mind.  As we enter week 8 of lock down, I must admit I’m still finding this all a little surreal, working from home was something

Parenting through a pandemic

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It's not only the pupils who are missing school... Despite many parents saying they're feeling the pressure during lockdown, it can sometimes feel as though it's only you that's struggling. Whether you're balancing home-schooling with working from home, or dealing with the emotional fallout of children missing their classmates or important milestones in their schooling,

Ramadan 2020: observing the holy month during lockdown

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"We’re all missing holding gatherings to break the fast with family and friends" Coronavirus is presenting all sorts of different challenges to each individual, and many of us are all finding ourselves having to make sacrifices or adjustments. As Ramadan is usually a time of community where people come together to break their fast and

Mental health maintenance during coronavirus

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How to look after your mental health during coronavirus: There's no one-size-fits-all Coronavirus, and the social distancing measures put in place because of it, has had an impact on everyone's mental health (remember: every has mental health, just as everyone has physical health). Everyone's situation is unique. Some have children to home-school or other caring

I Believe that Mental Health Peer Support is Vital. Here’s Why…. by Dave Lynch

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Various mental health groups have been promoting ‘Time To Talk’ day today, a great incentive for people to start discussions on anything mental health related. This feels like a good opportunity for me to get serious about one of my New Year’s resolutions and get back into blogging. It’s been over a year and this

10k every day for 30 days raising funds for Leeds Mind – by Mia Oldroyd

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  After a very low 2 years in my life due to unforeseen circumstances, of which are still ongoing, I decided to take control of the way I felt by pushing myself with my schoolwork, my fitness and my eating in order to feel my best. Prior to making this change, I had no self

My art practice, and its impact on my mental health and becoming Real, by Sue Bird Mental Health Support Worker at Leeds Mind

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