Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Kindness
It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and this year the focus is on kindness. This week we'll be sharing some mental health resources, hints and tips, photos and videos all about mental health awareness. We're committed to being more kind and sharing some K|E positivity. We always respond to tweets and social media messages, so if you want to say hello and let us know what you're doing on Mental Health Awareness Week, drop us a line!
Below is a short video from the Mental Health Foundation about how kindness matters and shows some of those little steps we can take to being kinder to others and ourselves. Both of which are great tools for improving our own, and other's mental health.
www.mentalhealth.org have so many resources available all about kindness and mental health awareness week. They've got a guide on why kindness matters, personal stories about kindness and how it can make a difference and why kindness is important in policy and society.
As you may know, Key Enterprises has a core focus on the mental health and well-being of our service users. We run seven practical working departments where service users can develop existing skills or learn new ones, leave their comfort zone, access new experiences and make a positive contribution to the wider community.
By providing a range of additional activities and responding to the interests of the service users, we create opportunities for new experiences, building social skills, creating a sense of belonging and challenging the inherent isolation many of our service users experience. We provide practical and emotional support to service users and act as an anchor in their lives, providing consistency that is essential to their ongoing well-being.
With an ethos of unlocking potential we provide a positive environment in which the focus is what can be achieved rather than the limitations of the service user. The regular content of our work is within the departments listed below. We also run courses such as basic cooking skills enabling service users to increase their independence and a regular programme of supported activities encouraging healthy and active lifestyles whilst meeting social needs. Regular activities include kayaking, walking football, local walks, fishing, bike rides, and we even have a house band offering the opportunity to learn and perform at events across the North East.
These are difficult times for everybody, it is even harder for those struggling with their mental health which is why the concept of kindness is so important and worth talking about this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
We do everything we can to spread a bit of kindness and make those little changes and gestures that could really make someone's day, or ultimately save someone's life.
For more information about Mental Health, or to have a gander at some of our favourite resources to help with mindfulness during lockdown, take a look at the links below:
NHS Coronavirus Information - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
MIND Coronavirus Wellbeing & Mental Health - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Suicide Prevention: Well-being during Lockdown - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/supporting-your-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/
Body Coach Home Exercise Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
Free Educational Netflix documentaries on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvahqwMqN4M0GRkZY8WkLZMb6Z-W7qbLA
Key Enterprises' Lockdown Podcast Collection: https://www.key-enterprises.com/post/podcasts-to-help-with-social-distancing
Key Enterprises' 5 Ways to Stay Motivated During Lockdown: https://www.key-enterprises.com/post/5-ways-to-stay-motivated-during-lockdown