Mental Health Awareness Week: Kindness is key
Kindness is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
This Monday (18 May) marks the start of UK Mental Health Awareness Week, with the Mental Health Foundation announcing the theme for 2020 as “kindness”.
The trials and tribulations of daily life can take its toll on our mental wellbeing.
During this time of uncertainty these stresses can begin to feel overwhelming.
It is so important to take time to check in with our family, friends, colleagues and ourselves to find out how we are coping.
The simple act of sending a text or organising a call can have such a positive impact on someone’s state of mind.
It is these small acts of kindness that the Mental Health Foundation are encouraging people to consider taking part in.
Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Now more than ever, we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives.
“We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. And we want to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from this pandemic.
“Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health. It has the potential to bring us together with benefits for everyone, particularly at times of great stress.
“One thing we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times, helping people to connect and communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”
What resources are available to help?
There are some great sources of information available to those who want some guidance on how to look after their mental health, with much of it specifically focusing on doing so while living in lockdown.
The Mental Health Foundation has some helpful advice around managing your social media activity and the importance of consulting reputable news sources to help you feel more in control. Check their website for some more great advice and articles.
The Mental Fitness in Focus webinar, which featured a conversation with two CAs who are involved in the area of mental health and wellbeing, is now available to stream on-demand.
Jonny Jacobs CA discussed his work with the mental health charity Mind, and Lianne Stewart CA gave members some practical tips and exercises to help give their mental fitness a boost.
Episode two of the CA Agenda Podcast also featured an interview with Jonny in which he goes into more depth about the work he does championing the topic of mental fitness in business and how he become involved in the area.
Additional Support for CAs
SCABA – The Scottish Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (SCABA) is a charity which supports CAs, their dependants and prospective CAs who are in need. SCABA was founded in 1919 and since then has supported hundreds of members and their families. Life-changing events mean that support may be needed for a variety of reasons such as ill-health, redundancy, debt, re-training etc. Find out more about how SCABA can help you here.
Mentoring – At ICAS we understand the importance of career mentoring and the vital role it can play in a Chartered Accountant’s professional success. If you are looking for any guidance or support at the moment, then consider reaching out to another CA via our mentoring platform.