Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s biggest week to raise awareness of mental health and promote positive mental health for everyone. This year, the theme is Kindness, and 2020 has certainly been full of kindness. From the hashtag #BeKind that stormed through social media, to the unbelievable kindness shown both through Captain Tom’s pledge to raise money for the NHS; and subsequently through the kindness of the public who’s charitable donations surpassed all expectations. We also can’t fail to mention the selfless kindness shown by all Key Workers who have put patients, customers and others before themselves in order to help fight Coronavirus. Yes - Kindness really has been everywhere in 2020!
While schools remain closed a little big longer, we wanted to reminisce about some of the wonderful acts of kindness we’ve seen in schools across the UK in the past year. This is only a small sample of what we’ve seen! Social Emotional Learning teaches kindness in many forms; through complimenting, appreciating and recognizing others’ feelings, developing empathy, making better choices, being compassionate and forgiving, and being more understanding. Our schools have shown kindness to class mates, to parents, and in the community. Kindness really can be spread anywhere! So this week, during Mental Health Awareness Week, why don’t you try to spread a little kindness too… To yourself and others! Our special edition blog features these acts of kindness from schools, and also gives some top tips for how you can spread kindness at home. We’ve included a special Kindness Challenge that could be fun to complete as a family.
And remember, In a world where you can be anything… Be Kind!