The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is bringing back Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) once again in 2015 — from 5–11 October. The theme this year is GIVE — Give your time, your words, your presence.
“Improving wellbeing is important for everyone, regardless of whether or not you have a mental illness,” says MHF acting chief executive, Hugh Norriss. “People are often surprised to find that doing little things like giving up your seat on the bus can have a lasting impact on your mood and sense of wellbeing.” Kiwis are one of the highest givers of their time through volunteering and helping others in the OECD.
“As well as volunteering, just small every day acts of giving can have a big impact, such as letting someone else in front of you in line at the supermarket, smiling at strangers, complimenting a friend. When we give we feel happier, feel more positive about life and other people, and are more likely to trust and cooperate with others,” Mr Norriss says.
Not only that, but when you give, you inspire others to behave generously and what’s more it’s a really generous way to look after yourself!