Be Kind with Leeds Mind this Mental Health Awareness Week

Leeds Mind is taking part in Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and wants you to get involved too! Running from 18th – 24th May, the theme for this year’s awareness week is kindness, which is apt given the increased need for compassion during the coronavirus epidemic. Since kindness is one of Leeds Mind’s core values, we are proud to be involved.

As part of the awareness week, we’re asking people in Leeds to connect through kindness. This means celebrating kindness by:

  • Being kind to others – doing something worthwhile is good for your wellbeing. This could be fundraising, helping others or simply letting someone know you’re thinking of them
  • Being kind to yourself. Look after yourself, give yourself a break (especially during the pandemic) Leeds Mind services are here for you if you need them (yes, even during lockdown)

We think that by talking about mental health during lockdown, and during Mental Health Awareness Week, we will help to tackle the stigma that exists around talking about our mental health. We hope this means that people will be able to better maintain their mental health and will seek help when they need it.

Here’s what we’re doing to get people talking about their mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • Sharing stories: our blog and social channels will have loads of inspiration for how you can be kind to others, or kind to yourself. We’ll also be sharing info on why being kind is good for our mental wellbeing. Look for the hashtags #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeKindWithLeedsMind
  • Flying the flag: we’ve started a campaign to get people to add some blue squiggle artwork alongside their rainbows for the NHS to encourage everyone (including those keyworkers!) to look after their mental health. Read more about it here, and get involved.

Have you benefited from an act of kindness? Or have you been spreading a bit of positivity to others during lockdown? Got any top tips for how you’re kind to yourself? Let us know on social, and we’ll share in the hope it will help others. Use the hashtags #KindnessMatters #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeKindWithLeedsMind