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 uncertain times.
Some people are coming together to sing on balconies in Italy, others are setting up groups to offer support to the vulnerable and there is hopefully a strong sense of community wherever you are. Across Leeds this Mental Health Awareness Week, we have seen blue squiggle artwork appearing in people’s windows alongside their NHS rainbows, with these people flying the flag for looking after mental health, and reminding everyone that they are not alone.
What this says to me is, that amid the anxiety, there is community, support and hope.