Staywell Derby Blog by Jamie, Social Prescribing Officer at Community Action Derby
Today begins Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. The theme this year is Kindness.
The definition of kindness is: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate to others around you.
Never before has kindness been more important within our society than during these difficult times. A few months ago, if you had asked the question around kindness, the general consensus would have been “in this fast paced world, kindness and compassion have taken a back seat to selfies, self-interest and expendable human interactions for a lot of society”.
Working in the public sector I have always believed that every one of us has the potential within ourselves to lend a helping hand, provide words of motivation, and even go outside of our way to engage with people in a positive manner that makes people feel they matter.
We have seen this more and more over the last few weeks, with the amazing response throughout Derby city including volunteers stepping up to support those in need, individuals being good neighbours and helping with in their local community, to the mutual aid groups offering support to those in need. All these random acts of kindness have had a real positive impact on the Residents of Derby city.
We all know the feeling that random acts of kindness can have on our emotions, warming our hearts and giving us a renewed faith in humanity. You may not know that studies have proven that kindness boosts our physical health and helps in our own wellbeing and mental wellness.
Kindness is often undervalued, but it actually promotes gratitude, empathy, compassion and leads to a sense of interconnectedness with other humans and builds a strong feeling of togetherness and community. An act of kindness creates a moment of connection, allowing another human feel cared for and often creating a ripple effect. Kindness breeds kindness, encouraging others to do the same or inspiring them to pay it forward.
So 'Stay Well' Derby and keep those random acts of kindness flowing.
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