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Devon celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week

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Posted on: 19 May 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. The national theme is ‘kindness’, and we believe that this year it’s especially important that we look out for each other. Kindness, after all, has the power to create community, support and hope.

The Mental Health Foundation ran some research early on, when the virus was still relatively new to us prior to lockdown. Their data gave clear indications even then that the pandemic was beginning to have a significant impact on the nation’s mental health

The Foundation has since gone on to choose kindness as the theme for their campaign this week, seeking to highlight the positive impact that acts of kindness can have on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

So we’re celebrating kindness – the good that it does others, and ourselves. Whether that’s collecting some shopping for a friend, or ringing a neighbour to for a chat to check they’re fine.

We’d like you to help us celebrate kindness in all its forms, large or small. We’d like to hear about acts of kindness that you see in your community.

Join in with our #COVID19ShoutOut campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn to tell us who has gone above and beyond in your community and deserves a shout out. (Don’t forget to ask for permission before posting images/tagging them on social media).

Councillor Barry Parsons, our Cabinet Member responsible for organisational development said:

“Acts of kindness can have an enormous positive effect on people’s mental health. We’re seeing it on a daily basis, and it’s great that we should be celebrating it this week for Mental Health Awareness Week.

“Among our own staff, we’ve seen lots of great heart-warming examples of how people are helping in their local communities.

“One member of the team is helping collect prescriptions and picking up shopping, another has made face masks for local care homes and key workers. Someone else has set up an emergency foodbank delivery service and has gathered volunteer drivers to deliver food parcels to vulnerable people at home.

“We are proud of all of them, and of you, our residents and communities across the county for your response to the coronavirus outbreak and the kindness you continue to show each other.”

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