The organisers of the upcoming Mental Health Awareness Week have revealed a new theme for the week based on current events. The new focus is on “Kindness” as the theme for 18th to 24th May.
During the extreme times of the Coronavirus outbreak the world has seen fantastic displays of kindness from so many people, all doing little things in their own ways to support people struggling due to the outbreak. During stressful situations such as this, it is so refreshing to see community spirit and basic human kindness coming to light.
Not all kindness needs to be bold acts of heroism or a big donation of some sorts. Most kindness is spread from the small actions we can share with those around us.
With help from the amazing organisation, the Mental Health Foundation, we have a list below of some lovely ways you can spread kindness:
- Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
- Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
- Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
- Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
- Help with a household chore at home
- Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
- Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
- Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
- Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
- Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
- Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
- Send an inspirational quote to a friend
- Send an interesting article to a friend
- Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone catch up
- Spend time playing with your pet
- Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
- Donate to a charity
- Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
- Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well
- Arrange to have a video lunch with a colleague
- Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
- Donate to foodbanks
- Offer to skill share with a friend via video call – you could teach guitar, dance etc.
- Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
- Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal
All of these mentioned above are great and easy ways of introducing little moments of kindness into your daily routine. But, if during the coronavirus outbreak you would like to dedicate your spare time to spreading lots of kindness to strangers, there are great ways of doing so in your local area.
- – Join a local support group
- – Volunteer to support lonely people
- – Sing up for the GoodSam App for opportunities in your local area https://www.goodsamapp.org/home
- – Offer to keep elderly people company over the phone
- – Offer to deliver food for vulnerable people.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are doing any of these tasks you will need to adhere to the following safety advice:
- Only volunteer if you feel well enough and are not shielding, self-isolating or in a high-risk group.
- Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds.
- Stay at least two metres – about three steps – away from people you’re helping.
- If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.
- Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
- Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes.
- Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
- Don’t take on too much – it’s often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.