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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

How can I get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week 2020?

Below are number of activities that individuals and teams can do to participate in Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme of the week is ‘Kindness’.

Join in online

During the week, you could carry out one of the following or reflect on an act of kindness.

  • Take a photo or video (with permission!) and use the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealth AwarenessWeek
  • Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using the following hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek


 Join an Inner Space webinar

You could join an Inner Space webinars, two of which are dedicated to QM. To find out more about webinars and sessions on meditation and personal development, please go to Inner Space.

An act of kindness

Before you start, please remember to keep others in mind.  Even though carrying out good deeds for others can make you feel good, don’t forget to keep in mind why you’re doing it – for the benefit of others. Remember not to overdo it! If you find that you are giving too much of yourself or have gone beyond your personal resources, then consider taking a step back. Start small to avoid becoming overwhelmed or giving more than you are emotionally able to give.

Connected with family and friends

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
  • Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  • Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
  • Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  • Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  • Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  • Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
  • Send an inspirational quote to a friend
  • Send an interesting article to a friend
  • Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
  • Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a virtual catch up

Acts of kindness at home

  • Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
  • Help with a household chore at home
  • Spend time playing with your pet

Acts of kindness in the community

  • Donate to foodbanks
  • Donate to a charity
  • Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who
  • is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
  • Offer to skill share with a friend via video call – you could teach guitar, dance, knitting etc
  • Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal
  • Offer support to vulnerable neighbours

Acts of kindness at work

  • Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
  • Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well
  • Arrange to have a video lunch or cup of tea with a colleague

Start a conversation about mental health

Below are number of activities that individuals and teams can do to start the conversation about mental health.

Starting a conversation
Suitable for: Individuals
Advice on how to start a conversation about mental health.

Speaking up
Suitable for: Individuals
How to speak about your own experiences in a safe and effective way.

Stream of consciousness
Suitable for: Individuals
This activity helps you to think about how we might find a place to start telling our experiences of stress, anxiety, low mood, or other mental health problems.

Tea, Toast and Chat?
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 15-20 minutes

Break the work routine by holding a meetup event specifically for wellbeing.

Mental health myth buster quiz
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 15 minutes

Challenge misconceptions and learn the real facts about mental health.

Support available to staff and students

The Big White Wall an online 24/7 support tool for mental health and wellbeing for both student and staff, Mental Health First Aid and wellbeing training along with our wellbeing policies. Find out more about how Queen Mary helps to provide a positive working environment for all staff and students.

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