Mental Health Awareness Month Recognized

May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Bermuda Mental Health Foundation is giving recognition to Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States and Mental Health Awareness Week in the United Kingdom.

A spokesperson said, “Good mental health is important for peace of mind and general well-being. Good mental health allows us to feel, think and act in ways that help us to enjoy life and cope with its many challenges.

“During these very stressful times of the Covid-19 pandemic, levels of worry and anxiety have increased for all of us. Worries and anxieties about job security, family finances, isolation, and fear of catching the dreaded virus seem to fill the day.

“If you have these feelings and concerns, reach out to someone you trust to talk with or to seek help. If you know of a friend or family member who appears to be bothered by such worries, reach out and offer a kind hand – just to talk and share or to provide information on helping agencies ready to assist.

“Around the world, mental health organisations, advocates and institutions are observing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. This has been true of the United States since 1949. Similarly, in the UK there is a history of more than 70 years of modern activity in observing the importance of mental health.

“Indeed, in the United Kingdom, May 18-24 is being recognised as Mental Health Awareness Week. The UK Mental Health Foundation has characterised the theme for the week as kindness. Take a look to see how the UK is marking the week.

“In Bermuda, let us take a moment to be kind and also to embed kindness as a part of the way going forward. It is so easy and can make such a difference in the lives of so many people.

“Stay safe.”

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