Mental Health Awareness Week 18th- 24th May 2020
Theme – Kindness
Get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week!
The Mental Health Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020 on the topic of kindness.
The Mental Health Foundation works to prevent mental health problems. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
They drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families, and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk.
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. They believe that mental health is everyone’s business.
So, for one week each May, they campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.
We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support, and hope.
The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing.
How can I get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week?
Attached on Doddle is a ‘Kindness Cup’ activity.
Students can create a ‘Kindness Cup’ as a poster or a 3D trophy and dedicate it to someone, e.g. a member of their household as an act of kindness.
The best and most creative messages of the importance of kindness will be rewarded with a prize of love2shop vouchers sent in the post.
Email photos of your entries to the Youth Worker, Krystle firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline is Monday 1st June.
Virtual Random Acts of Kindness
Mr Gill has created a wonderful video with fun activities and ideas for staff, students (old and young) and parents to get involved with.
Here is the video:
Here is a list of some other examples too:
Take Action, Get Active
We are launching a brand-new challenge this May, to get you moving and feeling good, whilst fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation. Mental Health Awareness Week takes place in May and the theme this year is kindness. Our challenge is all about being kind to yourself by taking some time out each day for yourself.
We are asking you to be active for 30 minutes a day, which may include running, walking and cycling, but this does not have to be strenuous – you can do the gardening or get those arm muscles moving by baking a cake. Whatever your physical ability, this challenge is for everyone.
What sort of activities can I do?
- HIIT, Pilates, Yoga – whatever exercise floats your boat that day.
- Walking – it's great to try and get some fresh air everyday so why not incorporate this into your challenge?
- Baking – get your sweat on in the kitchen by cooking up a storm.
- Gardening – this can be a great workout too!
Ultimately, you can get creative in this challenge by taking on whichever form of movement makes you happy (personally we think dancing in your kitchen is a good one!)
National Thank A Teacher Day – 20th May
If you really want to thank a teacher then have a look at this website: