Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
Updated: May 20
Whilst we aren’t able to socially gather to support this year’s Mental Health Awareness week, there are certainly lots of different and innovative ways to get involved.
The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week is “kindness” after the focus was changed in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said:
“Now more than ever, we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives.”
“Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health. It has the potential to bring us together with benefits for everyone, particularly at times of great stress.”
A great way of bringing people together is through virtual events - they enable us to connect and cope during these challenging times and help improve mental wellbeing.
There are many virtual events happening this week in support of Mental Health Awareness week - here are a few of our favourites.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Mental Health Minute
To kick start this year’s Mental Health Awareness week, the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge were joined by England captain Harry Kane, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, and actor David Tennant, as well as inspiring mental health advocates, ambassadors and volunteers to deliver a very important message.
“If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk about it. Or if someone you know is acting differently, it’s OK to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message.” – The Duchess of Cambridge
Zero Gravity Pilates
Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress and boosts our physical and mental energy.
Zero Gravity Pilates are offering free, daily exercise videos suitable to do at home with no equipment with the added bonus of some celebrity guest appearances, including Rochelle Humes, Lisa Snowden, Kimberly Walsh and Kate Ferdinand. Not only will they keep you fit, healthy and strong, physically and mentally, they are also using the sessions to raise money for NHS Charities Together and have raised over £7,500 so far.
To find out more, visit www.zerogravitypilates.com or follow them on Instagram @zerogravitypilates
The Calm Together Global Meditation
To celebrate World Meditation Day on Thursday 21 May at 6 pm, the meditation and sleep app Calm are giving us the opportunity to come together and connect in a special, live global meditation on YouTube. The virtual event, hosted by Calm’s Head of Mindfulness Tamara Levitt, encourages us to look after ourselves and each other - “Even apart, we can find stillness together.”
Mindfulness with David Attenborough
David Attenborough and BBC Sounds have released a new podcast series in aid of Mental Health Awareness week. Aimed at calming the mind and freeing the body from stress, anxiety and agitation, the episodes feature sounds from nature and classical music.
“There are times when more than ever it helps to steep ourselves in the music of the planet, the sounds of the wind and the water, the forest and the fields”, explains Attenborough.
Evidence suggests that listening to music can aid relaxation and help elevate our mood when faced with feelings of sadness, loneliness, or when we need a little focus or motivation.
In an introduction to the podcast, David Attenborugh explains,
“For all of those who can’t be outside breathing in the beauty of the natural world, we want to bring some of its soothing sounds to you, blended with calming classical music which we hope will bring some much needed tranquillity”.
Mindfullness Cards for Kids
Today, 1 in 8 children and young people aged between 5-19, suffer from at least one mental health disorder, largely emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression.
With so much uncertainty in the world at the moment, it is more important than ever to talk, listen and help the youngest members of our society work through their worries.
Mindful Kids Activity Cards contain 50 activity cards with creative mindfulness games, visualisation and exercises. Each card is beautifully illustrated with easy-to-follow steps and modification tips, making them inclusive for children of all ages and abilities.
These cards are great at encouraging children and families to step away from screens, toys and daily routine for five minutes and unwind. Theyhelp children to feel grounded, find calm, improve focus, and understand loving-kindness.
If you need urgent help, Samaritans is available to offer support 24/7 on 116 123.
You can also text SHOUT to 85258 anytime day or night and chat by text.