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    Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18th - 24th May 2020 The theme this year is ‘KINDNESS’ 

    Why kindness? Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need  to experience and practise to be fully alive. 
    Celebrate kindness: Kindness is evident in many ways at this time. We have seen it in 100 - year-old Captain Tom Moore as he walked laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS and in the many individuals and groups responding to the local needs of every community in the UK. 
    Kindness and Mental Health: Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are words that are associated with kindness. Kindness can improve  feelings of optimism and confidence. The Mental Health Foundation defines kindness as: “doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference”. 
    Kindness is an act of courage It is easy to stay to yourself and avoid reaching out to others. Being kind often requires courage and strength.