This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week, a campaign which has run in the UK since 2001. In previous years it has highlighted such topics as loneliness, anger, fear, exercise, alcohol and friendship into the public sphere. This year it focuses on the considerable value for the giver and the receiver in carrying out acts of kindness for strangers.
Research shows that doing good and helping others is good for your mental health. As part of the campaign, and as one of the five main ways to manage your wellbeing, WellBeing World is asking everyone in Jersey to get involved by carrying out acts of kindness for strangers throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from today, 21st May to 27th May.
WellBeing World, a local membership body which was created last year by Beverley Le Cuirot and now represents more than 60 wellbeing service provider members, is encouraging the people of Jersey to carry out one act of kindness every day and to then post how this made them feel on the WellBeing World Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WellBeingWorld.
WellBeing World recently organised Jersey’s first-ever WellBeing Festival which comprised around 30 individual events held at WellBeing World member locations around the island and the WellBeing Fair at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel. The 15 day Festival achieved its objective of raising the awareness for the depth and breadth of wellbeing services available in the island, and raised more than £2,700 to bring wellbeing to a number of local charities including Brighter Futures, Jersey Women’s Refuge and Les Amis.
More information about WellBeing World and its activities can be found at www.wellbeing.je or contact Beverley Le Cuirot at Beverley@wellbeing.je or tel 07797 727 209.