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Mental Health Awareness May Half Term

 

"People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing.

We all have so much going on in our lives - including competing strains and stresses – not to mention the current coronavirus pandemic. This can see kindness pushed to one side, in favour of what is urgent or trending now.  

It can be easy to signal kindness by posting online and following a trend, but harder to commit to kindness in our daily words and actions.   

But if we take the time to be kind to other people, it can really make a difference and especially for people who are vulnerable or struggling.   

Now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health.  

Kindness could be built into business decisions, government policy and official systems in a way that supports everyone’s mental health and also reduces discrimination and inequality.-But that can start by individual commitments to showing kindness in our words and our actions. 

During the Half Term holiday- why not complete some of the below activities where you can:

  • Say thank you to someone you know to make them smile!
  • Be kind to yourself- this is just as important as being kind to others
  • Set yourself a "daily kindness" challenge.

Here is a link to the Mental Health Awareness national site where you can find resources and tips to help and support you

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/resources

There are also some free resources on Twinkl that you may find useful

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/mental-health-awareness-week-resource-pack-t2-lf-648

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/childrens-mental-health-week-2020-twinkl-life-pshe-and-citizenship-whole-school-taster-pack-t-lf-2548809