The week aims to reduce stigma and raises awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health. The theme this year is kindness which has a big impact on our health and happiness.
You can follow the campaign on social media with the hashtag #KindnessMatters.
The changes brought by COVID-19 have highlighted the resilience, kindness and compassion that comes alive when we know others are in need.
- Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have volunteered with the NHS, local charities, and community groups to help during COVID-19.
- Streets have come alive to #clapforourcarers and thank other essential services for their service, dedication, and hard work that we all benefit from.
- In North East Lincolnshire, 602 people registered to volunteer with the Blue Lights Brigade and hundreds more offered their time to local charities and community groups and friends, family, and neighbours.
- Thank you letters and children’s messages and drawings have been left for volunteers and service workers by people grateful for the support.
If you have given or benefited from any support, good deed or kind word then you’ve shown that kindness matters.
What could you do to be kind during the week?
To be kind to your mind check out some of these tools:
- NHS Every Mind Matters – Get a personalised mind plan, information, and tools to help with common things which can cause mental health issues like money, work, housing, and relationships.
- Mind – Information on all mental health issues, tips for everyday living, how to help someone else, guides to access support, information on drugs and treatments and more.
- The Wellbeing Service- Local support for anything related to your general health and wellbeing. Call 01472 325500 or text ‘Wellbeing’ to 60060.
More mental health support can be found below.
North East Lincolnshire’s Mental Health Service (NAViGO)- Call 01472 256256 option 3 for 24/7 support
Are coronavirus worries about money, work, health or anything else getting in the way of everyday life? Please use the helpline, even if you’ve never used the service before. The support is there for anyone who needs it.
- Samaritans- Freephone 116 123via email at email@example.com
- CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – 0800 585 858
- North East Lincolnshire MIND– 01472 349991
Children and Young People
- Young Minds- Relatable stories, understanding feelings and symptoms and practical help.
- Self-help menu- A comprehensive list of websites, app’s and helplines for young people.
- Kooth- Free, safe, and anonymous online support for young people – Monday-Friday – 12pm-10pm / Saturday-Sunday – 6pm-10pm
- Young Minds Matter, North East Lincolnshire’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Duty Line 01472 626100 – 9am and 5pm – Monday to Friday. Outside these hours contact SPA – 01472 256256 option 3