Mental health awareness week 18 - 24 May
The theme this year is kindness. Kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. There’s never been a better time to show kindness – it strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity – it’s the cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.
Being kind, either to someone you know or to a complete stranger, can help bridge the gap from disconnection to belonging.
Did you know, 1 in 4 people experience a mental health and well-being issue each year? It is normal to struggle with your mental health, especially during this difficult time so it’s important to look out for each other, be kind, and know its ok not to be ok.
There are hundreds of mental health and well-being services available locally, but often people don’t know how or where to get help, which is one of the reasons why Healthy Minds exists. They have some simple resources which signpost to key mental health and well-being support during COVID-19 for both children and adults in Bradford and Craven.
Local GPs are also asking people to embrace kindness as a way to look after our mental health and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic. This could be clapping for carers, food donations, a quick phone call to somebody isolated, checking on an elderly neighbour, collecting medicines for somebody who can’t get out, or even just smiling or waving. You can find more details on the NHS and Mental Health Foundation websites.
Here are some simple suggestions of things you could do each day this week:
Tuesday: Give praise to a family member, friend or colleague for something they’ve done well
Wednesday: Find a creative way to get active for an extra 10 minutes today
Thursday: Do something creative
Friday: Cook one of your favourite meals
Saturday: Write a gratitude list of everything you’re thankful for today
Sunday: Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
Do you need help or support?
If you need help or have a particular need please ring and talk to one of our friendly team who will take some details and pass them onto the relevant service. Call 01274 431000.
We can help by:
- picking up shopping
- delivering a food parcel to eligible people
- ringing for a friendly chat
- problem solving
See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.
Are you concerned about someone's safety?
If you have a concern about the safety of a child or a vulnerable adult, do not keep it to yourself. Report your concern on the Safer Bradford website. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.
- For children 01274 435600 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
- For adults 01274 431077 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
- If someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999
Don’t think, “What if I’m wrong?”. Think, “What if I’m right!”
Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Avoid public transport if possible
- Local parks and green spaces are available for your daily outdoor exercise
- Always keep your distance in public (at least 2 metres apart)
- Wash your hands regularly
- If you or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, you must all self-isolate
See the latest Government guidance on staying alert and safe.
Stay safe while out for exercise
Please follow the Government’s advice when leaving your home for exercise and observe the 2 metre rule for staying a safe distance apart. For more information about where you can walk in the Bradford district, and how to stay safe while you do so, visit our public green space and rights of way guidance page.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days