Islington Mind is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week
From the 18th – 24th May we will be joining the UK in celebrating the Mental Health Foundation’s #KindnessMatters campaign.
Over the last few months, our service users and staff have seen many changes to our daily lives and wellbeing. While we’ve been working and adapting to keep our services running, we’ve seen first-hand how
these changes can affect our mental health, and how acts of care and generosity, both big and small, are more important now than ever before.
Inspired by the Mental Health Foundation campaign’s message, we will aim to focus on spreading acts of kindness to people who need it most, especially during this challenging time when people may be feeling especially unsettled, isolated, or anxious.
We will also be showing our appreciation to our volunteers, whose hard work, creativity and commitment is making a difference.
View our Mental Health Awareness Week Gallery:
Read our Mental Health Awareness Week Library:
Take a look at our social media for inspiration and updates on what we’re doing to show #kindnessmatters at Islington Mind:
Some ideas that we collected
- Call a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while
- Take a moment to check in with a friend or relative who may be isolating alone, or who may be struggling with their mental health
- Send a small gesture of happiness to someone you know – send a photo, a drawing, or a song to brighten their day
- Arrange a catch up with your friends – invite them for a virtual dinner party, watch the same film together, or simply share a long-distance cup of tea
Be kind to yourself!
- Remember to take time to reflect on your own needs and take comfort in the things that bring you joy
- Look after your health – stay hydrated and find a daily exercise that you enjoy. If you can, find safe ways to spend some time outdoors
- Listen to your feelings – remember that it’s ok to feel down and pay attention to what makes you feel better
- Prepare a self-care activity, a favourite playlist or a feel-good movie, and have it ready for when you need it most
- Reach out and share your feelings with others – it can be helpful to remember that you’re not alone
Do you have ideas, stories or pictures to share during the week? Pass them on to a member of staff and we will advertise them on our website.