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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

The first Mental Health Awareness Week was in 2001 and since then the campaign has reached millions of people each year.  Awareness has been raised around topics like body image, stress and relationships.

This year the theme is Kindness, because one thing that we have all seen around the world is that kindness is prevailing at uncertain times.  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 emotional wellbeing.

We know that coronavirus is affecting us all and leaving lots of us without the things we would normally value for our mental wellbeing. Mind recently conducted research involving over 10,000 people and we learnt that one of the most common coping strategies for people during the lockdown period is connecting with friends and family online. 

So for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), we are encouraging everyone to talk about kindness and mental health.  Reach out to others and share their stories, to make sure people know they don’t have to face this situation alone. 

During the week, carry out or reflect on an act of kindness.  Take a photo or video and post it with #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

Share your ideas on how you think we can build a kinder society that would support our mental health with the same hashtags above.

If you have a story to tell that you think might help others #SpeakYouMind is all about encouraging people to share their stories of hope and peer support.

Our Mental Health Telephone Information Helpline remains open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Please contact us by phone on 020 8426 0929 or email [email protected].

Mind in Harrow will do everything we can to support the mental health of those self-isolating at this time.  We will also help those in need of food and essential supplies by coordinating with the local support network.  We continue to work closely with local charities and public services to keep people safe.

Please continue to check our website and social media, as we will be posting regular updates here.

You can also download our Wellbeing tips for Working at Home Self Isolating and Managing your Anxiety with coming out of lockdown.

For local support information please visit our Covid-19 support page.