Mental Health Awareness Week: 18th – 24th May

Mental Health Awareness Week: 18th – 24th May

This week it's Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by Mental Health Foundation and this year's theme is kindness. During times like these, looking after ourselves and each other has never been more important.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate our lives and lockdown has forced us all to swiftly adjust our lifestyle, mindset and routines; inducing a considerable degree of stress and anxiety for the majority of the population. You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may be concerned about your finances, job security, your health or those close to you. Protecting our mental health is going to be central to us recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, so taking care of your mind as well as your body during these unprecedented times is really important.

Why kindness?

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is kindness and looking out for each other. Mental Health Foundation chose kindness 'because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive'. Watch Mental Health Foundation's video below:

At Clapham & Collinge, we recognise that employee wellbeing plays a key role in our firms ability to achieve its strategic objectives. HR Manager Claire Edon said ''Metal Health be it good or bad, affects us all on a daily basis. The conversation surrounding this is getting louder and I'm proud to be part of that within the HR profession. Our staff are supported by Mental Health First Aiders, a wellbeing support programme and 24/7 Employee Assistance and above all, we look out for each other, support each other and remind ourselves to show patience and kindness in times of doubt and worry. Talking about Mental Health will always be a priority for me.''

For more information, advice and guidance on Mental Health Awareness Week visit the Mental Health Foundation website.