This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, takes place between 18th – 24th May; the theme for 2020 is kindness. The council is using this time to remind staff and residents that taking the time to perform acts of kindness for others, and self-care for themselves, is now more important than ever.
Simple acts of kindness could be anything from picking up shopping for a vulnerable neighbour to contacting a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. As well as offering support to others who may be in need, acts of kindness help improve our own wellbeing.
The start of the week also saw Welsh Government’s Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, and Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, announce an additional £5 million funding for mental health in schools. The funding will provide new support for children under the age of 11 and teachers.
Cllr Colin Gordon, the council’s Mental Health Champion, said “During this period of crisis and uncertainty, mental health awareness is extremely important. Many of us will be experiencing our own personal challenges and small gestures of kindness can make a huge difference. Taking time to be kind to yourself also shouldn’t be underestimated, as self-care is vital in these difficult times.
The funding announcement from Welsh Government comes as welcome news and will enhance the services already being offered for young people in the county borough; including the recent launch of a helpline and dedicated website to support young people and their families during the Coronavirus pandemic.”