Published on: 18th May 2020

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so we'd like as many of you as possible to get involved and help us raise the profile of mental health. The national theme this year is 'kindness', which is also one of our values.

We've got loads planned on our social media channels, so would love you to get involved and tag us @PennineCareNHS (and use the hashtags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek or #MHAW2020).

We'll also be adding plenty more info and advice to our wellbeing page, to help you look after your mental health during this time. Click here to see what's available.

Here's a quick summary of what we've got organised so far:

Seven days of kindness challenge

Say or do something kind every day for seven days, either for yourself or someone else, then share it on social media and nominate someone else to start the challenge. 

Share a photo linked to the act of kindness along with it each day, or save and use these graphics:

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Random act of kindness bingo

Download our 'random acts of kindness' bingo card, which has ideas of some kind gestures you might like to do. See how many you can get through this week. Click here to download a copy.

Guided mindfulness practices

Suzanne, counsellor and mindfulness teacher, has recorded a series of guided mindfulness sessions to help boost your mental health and wellbeing. We'll be sharing these daily on our social media channels and then you can find them all on our mindfulness page.

Videos from experts, carers and patients

We've got a range of videos that we'll be promoting on social media this week. These will include some of our very own experts - including a children's psychologist, Healthy Minds wellbeing practitioner and an older person's speech and language therapist - as well as carers and patients talking about specific examples of kindness they experienced during treatment.

Share how you're marking Mental Health Awareness Week

We'd also love to hear about what you've got planned in your service for Mental Health Awareness Week. You can share your plans with us on social media @PennineCareNHS.