It doesn't seem that long ago that it was depression awareness week, but this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Great to see the focus of the week this year:
Doing Good Does You Good: Research shows that doing good and helping others is good for your mental health.
As one of the five main ways to manage your wellbeing, we are asking everyone to get involved by carrying out acts of kindness for strangers throughout this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 21 - 27 May. Carry out one act of kindness every day....
•Pass on a compliment
•Smile and say thank you
•Acts of kindness to friends or strangers
•Get involved in a cause that means a lot to you
•Volunteer your time
People are posting examples of their random acts of kindness on a Facebook page. It's actually really uplifting just reading what other people have done. A report from the Mental Health foundation, released to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, speaks of a widespread sense that people are becoming more selfish, and are less likely to go out of their way to help strangers.
There's a really good 'Pocket Guide to helping others' free to download, which is a great thing to have whether you've got mental health problems or not. Whatever you think about the Big Society, it would be great for something like this to become a national talking point.