According to information provided by mind.org.uk, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope, and with the latest global situation, mental health is being affected much more than before, so this makes this year’s "Mental Health Awareness Week" even more important as we try and raise awareness about the subject.
From Monday 18th – Sunday 24th May 2020, National Mental Health Awareness Week will take place and this year’s main theme in KINDNESS.
Kindness was chosen because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive according to mentalhealth.org.uk.
They are looking to use the week to explore the sort of society we would like to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
Visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk for more information about how you can get involved.
In the meantime, POA Learning offer a Mental Health Awareness course with the Level 2 qualification aiming to raise your awareness of mental health and a range of mental health problems. The learner will gain an understanding of prevalent mental health problems and how you can then work with or interact with individuals with them. (Click HERE for more information).
We also have a CPD course available : Click HERE
And don’t forget we have a range of resources on our website to help with mental health including a free online course about Positive Thinking and free downloadable colouring books and sheets for both ADULTS and CHILDREN.