Random Acts of Kindness

Do a random act of kindness this week

Finding ways to support positive mental health is something everyone should try to achieve. But did you know something as simple as being kind can help? This Random Acts of Kindness Week, we look at how small acts can improve the wellbeing of yourself and others.

A random act of kindness is doing something nice for someone out of the blue to brighten their day. This could be as simple as telling a loved one you care about them or offering your seat to someone else on the bus. However big or small, it can have a big impact on their day and bring positivity to your own.

In fact, research has shown being kind to others can have a really positive effect on your own wellbeing. Plus, the more you do kind things for others, the more likely they will be kind to you in return!

Get involved

For this year’s Random Acts of Kindness Week, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is calling for everyone to #MakeKindnessTheNorm. The Foundation has a participant guide with many ideas of random kind acts. Also, Mental Health UK has a random acts of kindness challenge with 50 things to try. Why not have a go at a different one every day for Random Acts of Kindness Week?

Here are 10 ideas to get you started:

  • Call a friend to ask how they are
  • Write a positive review online for your favourite local business
  • Offer to make a tea or coffee for your work colleagues
  • Pick up some litter on your street
  • Send a handwritten letter to tell someone how much you care about them
  • Offer your seat on the bus or train to someone else
  • Tell your loved ones you care about them
  • Donate to a charity
  • Send your friend some flowers
  • Offer to help a friend with their errands

Remember, self-care is just as important as caring for others. So, make sure to do a random act of kindness for yourself too. You could treat yourself to a coffee at your favourite café, or just take some time to relax.

Your first random act of kindness could be to donate to the Charlie Watkins Foundation, which you can do via our JustGiving page. We would be so grateful and you would be making a difference to the lives of young people who face mental health and wellbeing challenges.

Time to Talk 2022

Time to Talk Day 2022: The power of conversation

Conversations have the power to change lives. Today, on Time to Talk Day, we look at the importance of opening up about our mental health.

Time to Talk Day is the UK’s biggest mental health conversation – encouraging communities to come together to talk and listen. And it does so for good reason.

Why it is so important we open up

Mental health affects everyone – no one is immune from experiencing a personal crisis. Talking about how we feel can not only help ourselves but can also help others.

It may not be easy to say, at times it may feel awkward, for some it may be hard to find the words. But being there for someone can make a big difference.

There is no right or wrong way to talk about your health and wellbeing, and this reflected in this years’ Time to Talk Day theme, “However you do it” encouraging everyone to open the dialogue.

How you can do it

The most important thing we can do for one another is to listen. If we ask questions about how someone feels or what they may be going through, it can help to understand their experience better.

Talking is a powerful tool, but it is worth remembering to not always offer your own solutions to someone else’s problems. There are many tools and strategies to be considered on someone’s recovery journey – those decisions should be made by the individual.

It is also vital to be patient. Sometimes, someone just might not want to talk about their experiences – and that is fine. Opening the door to help in future is still a positive step.

Finally, it is important to remember to treat people the same. Experiencing a mental health problem is a difficult thing for anyone to go through; but it doesn’t mean they want to be treated any differently.

How you can get involved

First started in 2014 by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Talk Day helps to generate more than two million mental health conversations every year.

You can begin conversations with loved ones, organise events in your community, or share on social media using #TimeToTalk.

More information on Time to Talk Day and resource packs can be downloaded here.

At the Charlie Watkins Foundation we are committed to helping young people who face mental health and wellbeing challenges.

We fund vital initiatives which support young people with their mental health. We would be so grateful if you could please consider making a donation to support our projects via our JustGiving page.