The 18th to 24th May is Mental Health Awareness Week in the United Kingdom.
The week is an opportunity for the UK to bring Mental Health Awareness into focus and help break down the stigma around mental health issues. This year’s theme is Kindness.
In a recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation they found that close to two-thirds of people say that when people are kind to them it positively effects their mental health and also said that when they are kind to others it has a positive impact on their mental health.
During the Coronavirus pandemic when we’re stuck in isolation, it is more important than ever to be conscious of our mental health. These two fantastic initiatives announced this week will certainly help to do that for many people across the UK.
Early this week UK Coaching announced a fantastic initiative revealing that essential mental health training would now be free for the nation’s coaches.
In collaboration with its awarding organisation 1st4sport, and partners Mind, the mental health charity, and Sport England – that the nation’s coaches can access the Mental Health for Sport and Physical Activity online course for free. Find out more.
Para Dance UK
On Wednesday we shared with you on social media that Para Dance UK have created a dance challenge that aims to unite, uplift, and inspire people everywhere.
“While many of us are flexing our muscles getting ready to hop back to normality, many people will remain in isolation for an indefinite period of time. Some people with disabilities in the UK will need to shield themselves against coronavirus for as long as it is required to stay safe, and may be isolated from family and friends, and all the things they hold dear”
The Dance Away Isolation aims to send out a loud message that mental matters. Take part in the Para Dance UK Challenge.
To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and initiatives you can get involved in visit – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
Useful Mental Health Links:
• Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/
• MentalHealth.org – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
• CALM – https://www.thecalmzone.net/