Mental Health Awareness Week

Today (18th May 2020) marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “kindness” and it could be the most important week the Mental Health Foundation have ever run …


Research shows that protecting our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic – with the psychological and social impacts likely to outlast the physical symptoms of the virus.


This year’s theme has been chosen because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.

During this week, we are asking you to do the following things:

  • Reflect on acts of kindness you have seen during the coronavirus pandemic

  • Encourage others in your household and wider community to join in practicing acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week

  • Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health


Additionally, we encourage you to send in any images of your acts of kindness throughout the week. We will be collating any pictures of staff and students showing an act of kindness (this could be an image of you showing kindness towards others or yourself, holding up a mantra or suggestion, kindness you have seen within the community) to create a Smithills Collage of Kindness. This will then be shared with the Smithills community and through social media.


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Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by a desire to make a positive difference. Kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. It is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. Kindness reduces stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness boosts self-esteem and can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.


The week will shine a light on the ways that kindness is already flowering at this time and encourage us to explore the sort of school community we would like to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

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