Kindness Matters: Streets Heaver Support MHA Week
On the 18th – 24th May, individuals and businesses across the UK recognised Mental Health Awareness (MHA) Week. With the pandemic taking its toll on mental health, this year’s theme of ‘kindness’ was more important than ever.
The ongoing lockdown has been a challenging time for many people. According to YouGov, 44% of people feel more concerned about their mental health than usual, and a further 55% feel increasingly concerned about their family’s mental health. With such a sharp rise in feelings of worry and fear due to coronavirus, the team at Streets Heaver wanted to spread the narrative of kindness in any way they could.
Random acts of kindness for MHA Week
In line with the theme, the staff set themselves a challenge of carrying out random acts of kindness to help someone. Over the week, staff from across Streets Heaver got involved in a number of ways including; litter picking a local popular walk route, creating care packages for fellow employees, collecting and delivering shopping for elderly neighbours and much more. We also received donations to our aptly chosen Charity of the Year, MIND.
This takes our current fundraising efforts for MIND to a fantastic £1001, as we continue to support them in raising mental health awareness all year round. You can donate by clicking the link here:
Not only did our team help care for others mental health during MHA Week, but research also suggests these selfless acts can boost your mood, reduce stress and improve your own emotional well-being. Great work to everyone who got involved!
A helping hand in times of uncertainty
In addition to this effort, we shared a range of helpful content via the Streets Heaver Twitter page, to encourage others to get involved and help spread the message to those who might need support in this time of uncertainty.
There is support for people who are finding life a struggle and who need a helping hand. No one should suffer in silence. Details and phone numbers of organisations and charities who can help are below:
Samaritans: Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website
MIND: Mind has tips and support on its website. Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Shout: Confidential 24/7 crisis text support. Text “SHOUT” to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line
Crisis Support For Young People: Under 35s. Call Papyrus’s Hopeline UK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends. 0800 068 41 41. Text 07786 209697 Visit the Papyrus website
CALM: The Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason. Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight). Free, anonymous webchat with trained staff. Visit the CALM website
The Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week. Find out about the charity by clicking here: Mental Health Foundation
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