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Charitable Tuesday: Mental Health Awareness Week

Published: 19 May 2020
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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and we're focusing on a different theme of the Five Ways to Wellbeing each day. Today's theme is "Give", which we are celebrating with Charitable Tuesday. You may find that during these times of change, where many of our normal activities that help our wellbeing are restricted, giving to others in some way may help.

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
  • helping you connect with other people

It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, larger ones like volunteering in your local community, or giving physical items to those in need:

  • Volunteer for NHS
  • Volunteer to support those in need
  • Help out a neighbour or relative
  • Cooking your family a nice meal to eat together
  • Phoning a relative who is isolated
  • Say thank you to someone for something they have done for you
  • Sending a small gift to a friend or relative who is struggling
  • Giving to local or national food banks
  • Donate to clothes or money to charity if you can

If you are short on money or time, remember there are still many ways that you can give to others and in turn, improve your sense of wellbeing. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation have lots of ideas of how you can give kindness, many of which you can still achieve during the current times.

Read our other Mental Health Awareness Week posts here.

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