Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week has approached again and this year’s theme is kindness.

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability in some social groups and the difficulties they may be facing. The elderly and people who have compromised immune systems and certain health conditions have been advised to stay indoors for 12 weeks.

But what does kindness mean in a time like this? A lot of people that have been advised to stay at home aren’t able to physically make their way to supermarkets to buy groceries and essentials. Being unable to go outside and see people, spend time in nature and go for walks can have a detrimental effect on people’s mental health. It’s important at this time to show kindness to people that are struggling if you are able to. Offer to drop off groceries, speak to them on the phone/FaceTime etc. A little kindness goes a long way.

It’s pivotal to also show kindness to your self as well as other people. A lot of people have been let off work temporarily and are furloughed which means they will be paid 80% of their wages. This means being stuck at home for an indeterminate amount of time and this can trigger poor mental health in some people. Patience with yourself is key. A lot of people feel pressured to spend this time upskilling, looking for remote/other work and building on businesses. This can keep people motivated with a routine which encourages learning and expanding on skills and career goals. But at the same time, it’s important to use this time to pause and take a step back to work on self-care if you are struggling. Be kind to yourself and give yourself warmth and rest if you are struggling. Read that book that you never had time to read before. Pick up that Netflix show you never quite finished. Use this time to unwind, sit in your garden and take in those smells and sights you overlook. For people suffering from burnout, this is the perfect time to take a step back from the fatigue of everyday life and lighten the load. If you want to know more about the importance of self-care, check out my post here.

I’ve seen a post circulating around social media criticising those that don’t reach out to people who are suffering and belittling those that don’t check up on people who may struggling. I feel that this point of view is one sided as it doesn’t let people take care of themselves. By all means, check in on your friends and FaceTime those that are not coping. However, you must also nurture your own mental health and take time out for yourself if you are not in the right state of mind to be in contact with people. A balance between looking after yourself and others is crucial.

Hope my post was useful! Let me know what you think. Also, to anyone struggling, please message me <3

P.s. Awareness is all good and well, but when are you gonna put some money in the NHS mental health funding Boris hmmm?


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5 thoughts on “Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

  1. Great and important post Naveesha. I honestly have so much to say on this and its a very heavy topic so I’m going to keep this brief and focusing only on my day today. I get that people have different challenges and no one is perfect but I really am very isolated. I have been suffering since way before lockdown, many years in fact, and I don’t know if its because I’m Indian or what their unjustifiable excuses are, I’ve always been badly silenced, stereotyped, categorised, dismissed and downright insulted by the so called professionals I seeked help from including adult mental health here in Preston.
    Sorry to be so open with you but I’m having an enormously bad day as usual and as with every other day of my life in memory, I’ve been stuck in the house experiencing hell, fling absolutely nothing productive, most haiurs spent in bathroom as usual dire or hideous skin and features which my uneducated, unemployed, uncivilised Indian mother daily, repetitively, evilly, criticises, I’ve been non stop screaming, crying, suffering, getting abused my parents especially mother today, rotting away in pain and all the bad whilst people are there carelessly walk 0ast half naked showing all their glistening, clear skin and normal features as I sit here suffering a plethroa of problems. One of the worst things about all of this is the wasted time, wasted limited opportunities, wasted money etc . You nor many many many people will never expeirkece he twisted a sue I am facing and its not something I can describe in a comment but in addition to various comments, cries for help, desperation, I feel compelled to reach out. Its 6:06pm and once again I’ve literally achieved nothing and the whole day has been wasted suffering for nothing. I don’t know what to try or do anymore. I even missed my open book exam due to the constant stress. The are such negative. But the thing is I’ve faced more twisted hostility from evil people, including racists, out there so I have to just be grateful I am not there. I’m so unbelievably exhausted, unwell, angry and defeated no matter how much positivity and gratitude I’m facing. Trust me, I’m someone who (in addition to practical efforts) recites, affirms, meditates, jorunlas, still to absolutely no success and today has been the worst time yet. I wish I had clarity of what exactly to do manifest better. I am currently sat in the damaged, broken, messy, cramped box room typing through too much amplified fear to even rebelliously go for walk and eveything they are doing to me and around me is wrong. I even fleed to a DV refuge and lived in a council flat elsewhere but it never worked and I was further attacked by outaider and then 2 years later, still unemployed, unqualified, unfocused, unhelped, unfreed, I ended up back here in this broken house of hell. It’s difficult to explain without going into all the details but just to explain its been non stop daily suffering, whichever approaches I take I face major blocks, no progress and repetitively bad days. I do not know what to do. Right it’s 18:19 pm and despite my distressing circumstances I must get off th eintenret and tidy my box room even as a 24 year old woman because due to mother’s daily interfeing, touching, moving, breaking, throwing my belongings, and I am trying to sya t neve remind upkeep intensive last min study for the last open book exam which is on 28th. I’ve reached out to many people but I’m sorry I felt need to contact you anew person in such an honest way, and I knwi this is veyr vague but if you or your know anyone who can help. I’d be grateful. After all I’ve endured, I deserve a better life. I’m literally sat here in a diaky, vicious cycle, trying to defend myself daily but still getting attacked, arguing, screaming, crying, taking loudly for hours fro them to change, unavke to do simple tasks, completely failed, no job, no car, no skills, no clarity and all the bad. I know I sound negative, and fatalistic hit trust me I am someone who enthusiasticly expressed gratitude as though the luckiest living lady. I just haven’t manifested what I deser wnd winning. How I wish people were kinder. Wish me luck /pray for me/offer me advice/I don’t know, I want a better life. Thanks a lot in advamce. X

    1. Hi! Apologies for the late reply. I’m so so sorry to hear of what you’re going through and how you’ve been feeling lately. If you need to talk about things more you can always email me on and I’ll listen and advise as best as I can. I’m sorry you’re suffering and I want to let you know that I hear you and I care <3

  2. Hi Naveesha, I checked out your wonderful guest post with lifesfinewine, and I read this blog post! I really liked it when you said that kindness doesn’t just mean being kind to one another, it’s also being kind to ourselves. I really look forward to reading future blog posts from you, and I have followed you to keep myself updated on your next blog posts!

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