Mental Health Awareness Week takes place next week from 18th – 24th May 2020.
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme this year will focus on the power and potential of kindness. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.
Mentalhealth.org.uk have lots of resources and ideas on how you can get involved.
In Cornwall, CornWELL Festivals CIC will be embracing Mental Health Awareness Week. The CIC exists to sustain wellbeing through conversations, connections and culture.
As part of the awareness week, they will be addressing the question “How can we sustain wellbeing throughout and beyond lockdown?” and they are asking people to participate in a short survey about kindness, and then use the questions to have conversations with others (deadline 15 May). This is part of an “Appreciative Inquiry”. You can take the survey here.
They also have a number of events taking place during Mental Heath Awareness Week. Participants will make cross-sector connections, learn and take action to sustain kindness. The opening webinar on 18 May will include:
- Kim Conchie, CEO of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
- Emma Rowse, Chair of the Board of Volunteer Cornwall
- Ben Charnaud, Psychiatrist and NHS advisor
- Helen Tite, Wellness anarchist and Founder of iCareiMove
- Our Atlantic Roots who will be performing live their latest lockdown single “Not Alone”
Daily seminars will also be taking place from 10am – 11:30am each day with the content convering the 5 stages in Appreciative Inquiry: Define, Discover, Dream, Design and Do.
- 18 May – Define Kindness
- 19 May – Discover Kindness
- 20 May – Dream of Kindness
- 21 May – Design Kindness
- 22 May – Do Kindness
Sea Sanctuary, a mental health and wellbeing charity rooted in the concept of ‘blue health’, who use a combination of sail training, marine activities and evidence-based therapies have published a list of 101 Random Acts of Kindness here.
Resources for mental health
Cornwall Council has published a series of guides to mental health, for different groups, on their website. HOwever, they’re not easy to find, so we have collected them all here for our readers’ benefit.