We are proud to be supporting Mental Health Awareness Week between 18th – 22nd May where the theme this year is kindness. Of course, being kind is important all year round but during this unusual and difficult time, kindness has the power to help create community and support where it may be missing or needed most.
One in four adults and one in ten children experience mental illness. There’s been quite a bit of coverage in the news lately around the impact COVID-19 and the lockdown will and is having on our mental health. Physical distancing has the potential to be quite a lonely time which is why it’s important we reach out and offer support to one another, so that we can combat this challenging time together.
It doesn’t have to take a lot to brighten up someone else’s day. It could be simply sending a small care package to a friend, a doorstep delivery to a neighbour in need or even just picking up the phone to check in with someone you haven’t spoken to for a while. Throughout this week we have been sharing some of our favourite positive quotes and messages across our social media profiles in a hope to bring some positivity to anyone needing a little lift.
We also held the first virtual Avocado Club on Wednesday 20th May where we were joined by the Co-Founders of Foolproof Peter Ballard and Tom Wood. We discussed kindness during COVID-19 and they shared some of the challenges they have faced during the lockdown so far. Excitingly we were also joined by the incredible Meg Greenacre, Head Chef at Erpingham House, who did a live demonstration of a tasty avocado based recipe for us all to try at home. Follow The Avocado Club on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay updated about future events.
During the lockdown we have been taking lots of different steps to look after our wellbeing and mental health. Some of the Swans have been running, others have been baking. We have regular check in’s and video calls with the team to not only discuss what’s going on with work but what we have been up to in our spare time and how we are all generally doing. You can read all about it in our recent blog.
Little acts of kindness have the potential to change how someone is feeling that day and make the world feel like a happier place. It’s important to remember that kindness matters most.
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