Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th May 2020.
The CWU is supporting the week's events as Dave Joyce, the Union's National Health, Safety & Environment Officer writes below:
The theme for 2020 is 'kindness'.
Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Mental Health Awareness Week has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001.
How can I get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week?
During Mental Health Awareness Week, hundreds of events take place around the country to raise awareness for mental health. Schools, businesses, community groups and even people in their own homes host events to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.
CWU Organised Events:
• On Tuesday 19th May at 6pm CWU will host a Facebook live session nationally. Dave Ward and Dave Joyce will be joined by prominent Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan with other guests TBC. The CWU will outline our work on developing our mental health strategy and the panel will take questions from the membership. Full details of the session were shared on the CWU social media channels this weekend.
• CWU North West Region & North West Mental Health Network – Mental Health Online Q&A Zoom Event Wednesday 20th May at 5pm (See LTB257/20). Sign up to their newsletter to receive the latest updates on this campaign.
What resources are available?
You can also download the Mental Health Awareness Week supporter pack - filled with lots of fun and exciting ways to support during the week.
Kindness has been chosen because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.
We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The 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.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, do three things:
• Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek MHFA Address Your Stress Toolkit
In 2018 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England launched their Address Your Stress Toolkit to support that year’s campaign and the Toolkit remains a useful resource.
This included a set of practical resources designed to help people better understand and manage stress.
The toolkit is still available to those wishing to use it on the above link.
The Mental Health Foundation and MHFA want Mental Health First Aiders, Trade Union Reps, Mental Health Ambassadors and Champions to support the Mental Health Awareness Week campaigns and to make the most of the information and toolkits provided during Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond.
The CWU Health Safety and Environment Department is joining with MHFA England, Mental Health Foundation, Mind, Re-Think Mental Health and the Samaritans in supporting Mental Health Awareness Week. We are therefore encouraging Reps to get involved with the campaigns within the Union, as well as with friends, family and colleagues.
Useful links Mental Health Foundation and Mental Health at Work New Partnership Information:
You can download Dave's LTB256/2020 in full from the Unionsafety E-Library here along with lots of resources, guidance and support documents found by using the search category of Mental Health available from the drop-down menu on the E-Library home page linked to above.
Source: CWU / unionsafety