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#KindnessMatters this Mental Health Awareness Week

Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

 

Research clearly shows that acts of kindness can help improve emotional wellbeing. This is true whether we are giving or receiving it. “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." (Mental Health Foundation) And that is why 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week is focussing on #KindnessMatters.

 

Of course, children are no exception and can really benefit from joining in with those little acts of kindness. Here are a few ideas to do with kids:

 

  • Write and post a card for a family member to show you're thinking of them
  • Draw a picture for the postie and stick it on your front door
  • Plant some flowers or put up a hanging basket to make passers by smile
  • Offer to do some gardening/wash a car for a neighbour who may be isolating or unwell

 

More information on Children's Mental Health for parents on our webpages.