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The Council is once again supporting Mental Health Awareness Week (May 18-24), in association with the Mental Health Foundation. 

This year’s theme is ‘Kindness’ – which, during these unprecedented times, is more important than ever, and the theme also highlights how we can all show kindness to support those who are experiencing mental health problems – both visible and hidden.

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “The Council is once again proudly supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, with this year’s theme of kindness being especially poignant during these current and unprecedented circumstances.

“Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, and they are often not immediately visible and we should always think about the hidden experiences that others may be enduring.  We all have a part to play in helping others, and starting with the act of kindness can go a long way.

“Throughout the flooding and the COVID-19 national emergency we have seen so many acts of kindness being carried out by so many people across our County Borough. These acts, no matter how big or small, help to bring our communities closer together, while at the same time offering support and hope.”

Mental Health Advice and Support RCT 

Mental ill health can affect people of all ages. It is estimated that one-quarter of people will experience mental health problems or mental illness at some point in their lives. This can have an enormous effect on themselves, their family, friends and work colleagues.

Anyone aged between 18 and 65 and over can access mental health services through their own GP.

The Mental Health Awareness Week campaign, which reaches millions of people each year, first started in 2001, raising awareness of topics such body image, stress and relationships.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Get Involved

The act of kindness not only helps others, but is also good for your own mental health and wellbeing. Kindness also transforms school environments, places of work, communities and families.

For information and support, please visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk

#KindnessMatters

Posted on Tuesday 19th May 2020

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