It is Mental Health Awareness week this week (18th-24th May 2020) and this year the theme is Kindness.

Here at Recovery Devon we have adapted our original MHA week idea of scattering crochet and knitted daisies around communities in Devon to creative daisies in windows and on display. We hope that our daisy mascot will be a way of us reaching out to those passing by and promoting the idea of kindness and the message that ‘you are not alone’.

Shared with us from Clare Carter

We are also inviting people to share their random acts of kindness stories on our FB page too, kindness you may of received or kindness you have shared with others. We can often think of random acts of kindness being big grand expensive gestures but it doesn’t have to be, there is beauty in the small acts of kindness too. An example can be just simply smiling at a stranger whilst out walking, making a cup of tea for a loved one, calling a friend to see how they are or even sending a friend a link to a song they might like.

Small acts of kindness let people know you are thinking of them and makes the distance that we are all feeling at the moment just that little bit smaller.

Also if you find being kind to yourself difficult then maybe this week is the perfect week to start practising little acts of kindness for yourself. It is sometimes easier to be kinder to others rather then ourselves, but maybe notice how much easier it is to be kind when you are well rested and looked after yourself. As a famous Norm Kelly quote says ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’.

To end this blog post I will leave you with a lovely Facebook page called The Kindness Pandemic. In this group people write all about acts of kindness that they have either been a part of, witnessed or received themselves. It’s an uplifting group to be a part of and it’s wonderful to hear all about the kindness of strangers. Here is a bit more about the group;

‘We set up #TheKindnessPandemic because so many people need acts of kindness right now; and so many others want to hear stories of kindness. Kindness won’t make COVID19 go away, but it will make our lives easier and more rewarding. We particularly encourage intergenerational kindness, but welcome you sharing all acts of kindness.

Please join our Facebook PAGE which includes updates about our campaigns and links to LOCAL groups

The Kindness Pandemic is an initiative of Celebrate Ageing, a social enterprise building respect for older people. For more information contact Catherine Barrett or check out our webpage: