#KindnessMatters share your photos and messages for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 18-24 May

Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) by the Mental Health Foundation, and as we continue to change and adapt during these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to look after our mental health and to support and take care of one another.

Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.

MARK ROWLAND, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

The theme behind this year’s mental health week is Kindness Matters. Research shows that mental health and kindness are deeply connected so this is a fitting message about being thoughtful and kind to the people around us.

With #KindnessMatters in mind, we'd love to hear about your acts of kindness, big and small. This can include anything from volunteering to support key workers in the NHS, checking in on elderly neighbours on your street, or even deciding to bake that banana bread to feed your housemate’s cravings. Or you could tell us about any acts of kindness that you have received from others.

Share your stories with us via email internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk or send us a message on twitter @SheffUniStaff and we will share your stories on our channels. Join in the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #KindnessMatters.

University mental health and wellbeing resources:

Working from home

On our working from home pages you’ll find support and resources to help you establish a healthy working environment at home and to support you to maintain positive mental and physical wellbeing during this unprecedented situation.

Wellbeing Champion Toolkit

In April we launched a Wellbeing Champion Toolkit - a useful resource to help departments to set up their own wellbeing champion schemes.

TALK: Tell; Awareness; Listen; Kindness

Our wellbeing TALK pages are about encouraging everyone to create an open culture around mental wellbeing. Use this model to initiate and navigate conversations about mental health.

Mentally Healthy Universities Pilot Programme

Earlier in the year we announced that the University has signed up to the Mental Health at Work Commitment, a simple framework based on information that already exists and up-to-date research on mental health. Find out more about this commitment and the Mentally Healthy Universities Pilot.

Useful contacts:

Staff advisory line and counselling service

Free, independent, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 0800 028 1947. Read more about this service

Report + Support

Remember you can still report harassment, bullying, abuse and violence when working remotely. Visit Report + Support

Domestic violence and abuse

Staying at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. The Refuge free 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline can be reached on 0808 2000 247. Visit our web pages for further information.