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Mental Health Awareness Week

18-24 May

The theme this year is kindness

Through Calday Connected and Calday Community Champions communitychampions@calday.co.uk, we have seen numerous examples of kindness and community spirit from our students. There are also members of the Calday community involved in making and distributing essential PPE for NHS organisations and local nursing homes.

Many of you have contacted the school to say that you are making the most of the time spent at home with your families, but we realise that there are also people in our community who are really struggling with the loss of loved ones, a lack of routine, isolation from friends and uncertainty about the future.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling, there are many resources on the link below that might help you or them -

mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus

The following topics are covered:-

  • Mental health tips
  • Looking after your mental health and well-being when staying at home
  • Living with the pandemic if you already have mental health problems
  • Parenting during the coronavirus outbreak
  • Coping with coronavirus- a guide for young people
  • Random acts of kindness

 

This week why not try some of the suggestions below.  It is amazing how much a small thing can make a massive difference.

Get involved with random acts of kindness

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
  • Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
  • Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
  • Help with a household chore at home
  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  • Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
  • Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  • Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  • Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  • Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
  • Send an inspirational quote to a friend
  • Send an interesting article to a friend
  • Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone catch up
  • Spend time playing with your pet
  • Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
  • Donate to a charity
  • Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
  • Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well
  • Arrange to have a video lunch with a colleague
  • Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
  • Donate to foodbanks
  • Offer to skill share with a friend via video call - you could teach guitar, dance etc.
  • Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
  • Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal

You could share your acts of kindness at communitychampions@calday.co.uk

 

Links and helpline numbers in case you need them

  • CAMHS Advice line – 0151 488 8453 or mymind.org.uk - CAMHS are regularly updating their website with a range of resources aimed at supporting a wide variety of issues.  The new 24/7 mental health helpline is for people of all ages and can be accessed by dialling 0300 303 3297.  CAMHS are also offering support to older students through the following link moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk
  • Childline – 0800 1111
  • Kooth – visit kooth.com