It is Mental Health Awareness week!! Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness, and this is so relevant for us all amidst the current Corona-virus crisis. In fact, it is so important at any time.
We know that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. Simple acts of kindness can shape and totally transform someone’s day. It can be a smile, a helping hand, or someone who asks “How are you?” and genuinelywants to know your answer. Research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective, and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
Lyn Harte, School Liaison Officer at Resilient Rutland comments: “To support Mental Health Week, I have created a number of resources which offer activities designed to support sharing kindness in our community this week and every week. The four areas covered are Kindness in the Community, My Kindness Diary, Inspired by Kindness and a Kindness Tree. The resources can be used by both schools and parents and can be found on our website”.
Please do share with us all any kindness activities you are involved in. Tag us on Twitter @ResRutland
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Resilient Rutland was started as a project in 2014 as a direct response to feedback from young people in our county - their overwhelming concern was that of mental health and well-being.
Having worked closely with professional agencies, schools, the Local Authority and of course our young people, we have arrived at a joint commitment to implement a programme to champion mental health.
The project has received £484,700 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, which officially started on 29th Jan 2019 and will run for four years.
Additional details on the Resilient Rutland project can be found here.
About Rutland First
The Resilient Rutland project will be led and overseen by Rutland First, a Community Interest Company based in Rutland. Rutland First acted as Healthwatch Rutland from 2014 to April 2018, since when it has broadened its remit. The objectives of the company are to undertake and encourage a broad range of work and other activities relating to improving, promoting, and enhancing the wellbeing of the people of Rutland, and the immediate surrounding areas.
The National Lottery Community Fund
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive.
Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
More information can be found here.