Supporting Mental Health Awareness week
The Mental Health Foundation wants to get the nation talking about mental health and kindness
What is Mental Health Awareness Week?
Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health, mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time.
What are Environmental Essentials doing for Mental Health Awareness Week?
We are declaring a Mental Health Awareness theme from the 18th to the 24th May (although acts of kindness and mental health support are on our agenda every day and not just during this week). We will be sending out resources to support our staff’s mental well being with examples of using tools to support positive mental health such as ‘mindfulness’ and also encouraging staff to talk to friends, family and colleagues especially now during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Why not have a virtual pub quiz to stay in touch:
Getting our staff and clients involved
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope.
The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. We’re sure you’ll agree that now, more than ever, it’s important to be kind.
Therefore, in keeping with the theme of this years Mental Health Awareness Week which is kindness lets ‘try to be the reason somebody smiles today’. With this in mind, we’d like to share on our social media your stories of random acts of kindness that you have delivered or you have been the recipient of.
These might include:
- Helping an elderly family member or neighbour with their grocery shopping;
- calling friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while;
- Telling a family member how much you love and appreciate them;
- Arranging to have a cup of tea and virtual catch-up;
- Sending a joke to cheer someone up;
- Send an inspirational quote to let someone know you’re thinking of them.
- Sending a card full of happy memories to remind love ones better times will come again
The list is endless and there’s no act too small or insignificant
What resources are available for anyone in need of help?
If your mental or emotional state is a concern please be assured that help is available. You may find some of the attached documents helpful, along with the following website links:
Why not try downloading a mental health well being app such as ‘Headspace’ or ‘Calm’
Or listening to a podcast such as Fearn cotton’s ‘happy place’
Please remember you’re not alone and that sharing a problem is often the first step to feeling better. This is an unpreceded time in all our lives one of which none of us have experienced before and to be nervous, scared, angry or anxious are all normal responses and one that many people will be feeling all over the world! You are not alone.
If you’re concerned about a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority or contact your local Mental Health crisis team.
To support the great work of the Mental Health Foundation, EE have made a donation to help champion good mental health for all. To make a donation please visit