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Mental Health Awareness Week

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18-24 May has been national Mental Health Awareness Week.

Of any recent year, this year and the circumstances in which we currently find ourselves due to the ongoing Public Health situation, will be proving a challenge for many; with mental health challenging many people as they try and cope.

If we are aware of this; are aware that we each will be reacting differently to the present conditions; that some are finding the situation more challenging than others, we can help each other out. We might recognise those who may need particular help.

Amidst all the focus on our physical health at present, we should also be mindful that our mental health is equally as important.

The theme of the week has been ‘Kindness’. Maybe we can each do our bit to help our world to continue to show a kinder face as the days continue.

For more information from the Mental Health Foundation (including resources to draw on) follow this link:

Men are, statistically, over-represented in the field of mental health. Whilst not exclusive to men, the charity ‘CALM’ has further useful resources available:

And we will all have heard of The Samaritans – trained volunteers and counsellors always at the end of a phone to listen: