14 May Mental Health Awareness Week
WHAT IS UK MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK?
Mental health and emotional wellbeing problems can affect anyone, at any time. Here at Arrow Vale, we believe that it is important to look after everyone’s mental health.
So, for one week each May, The Mental Health Foundation campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Since the Foundation’s first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, they have raised awareness of topics like stress, body image and relationships.
The campaign reaches millions of people every year. This year, with your support, we want to reach more people than ever.
We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support, kindness and hope. The Foundation, along with Arrow Vale, recognise that helping others is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing.
SO WHY CHOOSE KINDNESS?
“Kindness” has been announced as the new theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The coronavirus outbreak has taken many of us by surprise, but the one thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing.
During the week, we would like you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness. Take a photo or video (with permission!) and use the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealth AwarenessWeek and then put them on your social media. You can also share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using the same hashtags above.
So where do random acts of kindness come in? People are coming together to sing on balconies in Italy, others are setting up groups to offer support to the elderly or vulnerable – like collecting groceries or calling them for a chat. We have heard stories of people having virtual movie nights and creating choreographed dances over video chat to share with the world
Before you start, please remember the tips below: Keep others in mind. Although carrying out good deeds for other people can make you feel good, don’t forget to keep in mind why you’re doing it – for their benefit not yours. Don’t overdo it. If you find that you are giving too much of yourself or have gone beyond your personal resources, think about taking a step back.
Here’s what to do: Pick an item from the list below then share the kindness on your social media. Tag @mentalhealth on Twitter and @mentalhealthfoundation on Instagram and Facebook. Use the hashtag #coronavirusKindness
Using your SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNT ONLY, please email the stories, pictures or videos of your acts of kindness to Mrs Curtiss at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can celebrate them with the rest of the school. I will be giving a shout out and issuing lots of reward points for those students who take part!
Here are some acts of kindness to inspire you:
Friends & Family
*Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
*Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
*Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
*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 someone you know a joke to cheer them up
*Send an interesting article to a friend
*Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
*Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a virtual catch up
*Suggest a walk – with family and pets
*Do some baking
*Design a family quiz
*Tidy your bedroom
*Help with everyday household chores.
*Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
*Offer to make someone a meal
*Donate to foodbanks
*Donate to a charity
*Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
*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
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Take Action! Get Active!
Our challenge is all about being kind to yourself by taking some time out each day for yourself. We are asking you to be active for 30 minutes a day, which may include running, walking and cycling, but this does not have to be strenuous – you can do the gardening or get those arm muscles moving by baking a cake. Whatever your physical ability, this challenge is for everyone.
What sort of activities can I do?
- Pilates, Yoga – whatever exercise floats your boat that day.
- Walking – it’s great to try and get some fresh air everyday so why not incorporate this into your challenge?
- Baking – get your sweat on in the kitchen by cooking up a storm.
- Gardening – this can be a great workout too!
- Ultimately, you can get creative in this challenge by taking on whichever form of movement makes you happy
Mental Health Awareness Week from 18-24th May – This year’s theme is ‘Kindness’: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/why-kindness-them. The Worcestershire Wellbeing Hub is asking for letters, pictures or poems for delivery to care homes or with food packages to those who may be feeling isolated during the lockdown. Email with further information is attached.
How about fundraising? Try these fundraising tips.
◾Create a fundraising page online – we recommend using JustGiving. (You must have parental consent if you are under 18)
◾Share, Share, Share! Once your page is up and running, you can share it on social media, and encourage friends and family to sponsor you.
◾Not everyone is online, so think about who else you can reach out to more personally to tell them about your challenge.
◾Get your donors involved, ask them to challenge you to do different activities in exchange for donations! (Make sure it’s not just a dare) For those of you who want to complete the challenge in a less-active way, try activities such as a virtual quiz
Again, email email@example.com so that Mrs Curtiss can spread the word!
I am really looking forwards to seeing your #coronakindness activities this week.
For further support with mental health and emotional well-being, please contact Mrs Curtiss at Scurtiss@arrowvaleacademy.co.uk or take a look at the mental health resources on the Arrow Vale school website.
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