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Kindness and mental health are deeply connected

Bedford Borough Council is encouraging people to be kind to others and to themselves as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020) with this year’s theme of Kindness.

The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has been very challenging. People’s mental health may have been affected in various ways.

Kindness and mental health are deeply connected. Many people will be feeling lonely, isolated, stressed and anxious during this difficult period. The Council said that it is important we do all we can to look after each other and support one another’s mental wellbeing.

Kindness has been flourishing during the lockdown. Examples include Captain Tom walking for the NHS and to communities pulling together to help neighbours. Cllr Louise Jackson, portfolio holder for Public Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

“Being kind and receiving kindness from others can help during these difficult times by reducing isolation and stress, strengthening relationships, developing community and deepening solidarity.

“It’s important to remember it is OK to feel stressed or anxious and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most people, these difficult feelings will pass.”

Join in with Mental Health Awareness week by sharing your story or pictures (with permission) of kindness using #KindnessBLMK.

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, the Council will be signposting to resources on their website through social media channels.

For tips on how to take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty visit www.bedford.gov.uk/wellbeing.