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    Mental Health Awareness
    Week

This week, from 18th- 24th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of kindness.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week, from 18th- 24th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of kindness.

The main focus of the week is based around coronavirus, with lockdown and the virus causing a significant impact on many people’s mental health.

Royal College of Psychiatrists is warning that services could be overwhelmed by a “tsunami of mental illness” with research finding 4 in 10 psychiatrists reporting an increase in people needing urgent emergency mental health care during the lockdown period.

The stress and loneliness linked to lockdown can manifest itself in many ways, but one key way we are seeing at Kenward Trust is people turning to alcohol with research from Alcohol Change UK showing that 1 in 5 UK adults are drinking more frequently during lockdown. If you are struggling with your alcohol usage give us a ring on 01622 812603 or email us at confidentialsupport@kenwardtrust.org.uk.

Therefore, being kind to others is key and this week is about celebrating the acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health.

If you would like to share an act of kindness that has been beneficial to your mental health, or if you have conducted an act of kindness for someone else let us know on twitter @kenwardtrust.

If you are struggling here are some numbers you can call:

Anxiety UK- 03444 775774 (Mon-Fri 9:30am- 10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm)

CALM- 0800 585858 (daily 5pm- midnight)

Mind- 0300 123 3393 (Mon- Fri 9am- 6pm)

Samaritans- 116 123 (24 hours)

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