Jeff Smith MP is joining the Mental Health Foundation in marking the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the national week to raise awareness of mental health problems and promote the message of good mental health for all.
The week is in its 20th year and this year the theme of kindness is being used to encourage people to think about how to be kind to yourself and one another during the coronavirus crisis.
Jeff, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, said:
“This year, Mental Health Awareness Week falls in unprecedented times. The coronavirus crisis has placed significant pressure on the mental health of many of us and has highlighted more than ever the need for kindness to ourselves and others.
This week, I’m encouraging everyone to take a moment to think about their mental wellbeing and to reach out to someone if you are struggling.”
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said:
“This year may be the most important week we have ever hosted, as we cope with and begin think about recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. We must do all we can to reduce the psychological and social impacts of the pandemic which are likely to last far longer than its physical effects.
At a time when we must socially isolate, stories of kindness have helped spread a shared sense of connection and joy. The research backs this up – kindness is deeply connected to mental health. The message this Mental Health Awareness Week is that kindness matters. It matters to our mental health and it will matter hugely in the society we build from here – one that better protects our mental health.”
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can find information and advice on mental health at the following links:
Mind – Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing
Young Minds – Coronavirus and Mental Health
NHS – Mental wellbeing while staying at home