Start Date: 18th May 2020
End Date: 24th May 2020
Do you know mental stress is the real cause of several mental disorders? Every year millions of people got infected from mental illness. SADLY, most people are unaware of their mental health condition. Therefore, the world mental health week is organized every year to spread awareness among people.
World Mental Health Week
World mental health week is celebrated in May. Dates can be varied every year. Each year a new theme is chosen that is the point of discussion for the whole week of May. The survey has been done to analyze the mental issues faced by the majority. There are many mental health awareness event ideas but only that idea is selected that has a greater impact on society.
World Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
In 2019, the topic for World Mental Health Awareness Week was body image. The mental health awareness week is celebrated from 13th May – 19th May. The much-needed topic “Body Image” is kept under discussion that is one of the causes of depression. We must not feel shy about our bodies.
Research shows that about 1/3 people commit suicide because of their body image. Many people feel low and avoid socialization just because they do not feel their bodies meet the standards of beauty.
A survey has been done to get the reviews of women; why they feel they are less prettier than others? Look what the answer is: they said social media enforces them to look prettier (a new and damaging trend). Secondly, they said that advertising and media set standards of beauty.this has a lot of pressure on the people to look beautiful.
World Mental Health Awareness Week 2020
World Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is scheduled from 18th May to 24th May.
World mental health foundation has announced the topic for the mental health awareness week. Though, the topic which was circulating before is “SLEEP”. Somehow, it has been changed to a new topic. Thus, the final topic for the World Mental Health Week 2020 is “KINDNESS”.
Thus this year in May, Kindness will be the center point of the World Mental Health Week. In this, the objective is to spread awareness among the people regarding Kindness and linking it with Mental Health.
After the world mental health week, world mental health day 2020 will be celebrated in October with different theme and objective.
Why The Topic For World Mental Health Week 2020 Has Been Changed?
The Mental Health Foundation has decided on the topic “sleep” for the mental health week 2020. But the current situation of COVD – 19, the organization has changed the topic to “Kindness”. However, they have said that sleep is also the most important topic to be discussed and plays a vital role in mental health but it will be discussed later on.
After great research, the mental health foundation selects the topic of kindness, as the people are suffering a lot due to corona-virus and everyone can feel the stress of the other. The way of sharing feelings and emotions forces the world mental health foundation to finalized the topic of kindness.
“KINDNESS” – The Finalized Theme For World Mental Health Week 2020
It’s a great selection of the mental health foundation. We have been gone through a lot of cases of kindness around the world from the past few months. Every country is facing the same stress and raising the hands of kindness for each other by keeping all the differences aside.
Before discussing the most essential topic first, have a look at the concept of kindness.
What Is Kindness?
“Kindness is giving a helping hand in terms of emotions, care, love,
& any act of affection and generosity”
Even a SMILE is kindness in a time of mental stress. In reality, it’s the most prestigious feeling that is shared by all countries. In our day to day routine, we often give and receive the little acts of kindness with our friends, colleagues, relatives, and family. It’s the bond that keeps everyone connected.
“Sharing in any terms is kindness”. It doesn’t relate to the sharing of some luxury items or greater amounts. It can be anything within the capacity of a person.
“Sharing the sorrows, love, and happiness” – These all are mental states some are sad or some are cheerful. Listen to the issues and celebrating the happiness of others is the essential way of kindness. Show your affection for someone brings a smile on others’ faces is another precious act of kindness.
In short, whatever a person can do for the other person in a time of need is kindness.
Keeping in view the beautiful acts of kindness, mental health organization has chosen this topic so everyone must play his part by showing a little act of kindness – the most essential need of the prevailing scenario.
Kindness Has Two Major Parties:
Giver – A person who does some act of kindness to others.
Recipient – A person who receives some positive vibes or good gestures (kindness) from another person.
The prettiest thing of kindness is that both the parties feel positive and happy when involved in the act of kindness. It’s the most beautiful phenomenon that can change the life of many people.
It’s the need of an hour to spread little acts that change the mood of others in such a stressful time. So, whatever a person can do, they should do it now. Your little positive gesture might be the most needed one in some one’s life!
Focal Points Of The World Mental Week 2020 Topic
The two essential objectives of the topic are:
- To recognize and celebrate the acts of kindness in our surroundings
- To think of the new society that will emerge as a result of the stressful pandemic COVID – 19.
In the current prevailing situation, the whole world is going through the same stress. All the conflicts are set aside; everyone is fighting from the same stress, illness, and emotions. We have seen thousands of examples of kindness around the world. Everyone is doing the best in his way. Some are contributing by sharing others’ grief’s or some are sharing the food items with others without any dissent.
As everyone is helping others in his way and capacity, this will surely have a great impact on society. This will change the mindset of people. People, who were not affected by the severe crisis of others before this pandemic, are now feeling the grief of others. This will lead to a society full of love and affection. People will become in a habit of sharing each other feelings and will give a helping hand at the time of need. But all these are just predictions; we can see the true picture of the society, once we come out of this stressful situation.
Activities Of The World Mental Health Week 2020
The activities are not disclosed yet. But it must be somehow related to;
- The case studies related to kindness
- Impact of kindness on mental health
- The act of kindness among societies and communities
- The act of kindness by celebrities and other major personalities
There are a lot more mental health awareness ideas linked to kindness. Share your kindness story that will enhance the mood!
Impact Of Kindness On Mental Health
Kindness has an enormous impact on health, both mentally and physically. No doubt, it’s a feeling that has a direct impact on mental health but will surely have an indirect impact on the personality of a person. Yes! It’s true when someone feels good inside, it depicts from his personality. This is what kindness does to an individual and then to the whole society.
Kindness has a great impact on hormones including Oxytocin and Serotonin……..
These hormones are related to mental health. When a person does some act of kindness their hormone level becomes on a required level thus reduces their blood pressure and keep them calm and relax. It keeps the mind of a person relaxed and saves a person from depression.
According to Dr. David R Hamilton;
“Kindness increase the Oxytocin which in turn produce more Nitric Oxide, that dissolves in blood vessels and thus lowers the blood pressure”
Kindness looks after your Setronin level that in turn keeps the person calm and heals the wounds. Besides this, it’s a major source of keeping a person stress-free. It is an anti-depressant. Kindness decreases the Cortisol hormone that saves the person from stress.
“A study has been done in which group of highly anxious people perform acts of kindness six times a week. The results after one month were hilarious! Kindness gives them a new life, by changing their annoying moods into positive moods and also increases their self-esteem”.
Mental Health Week UK
Like other countries, the UK also organizes mental health week every year. According to an estimate
“In the UK only one-fourth, among the mentally ill people get treatment”
Mental illness is not the problem of one country. It spreads worldwide. Every other person is dealing with mental health issues. Unfortunately, this major illness is kept neglected by saying that this will be alright on its own. In many cases, minor stress becomes the root of major illness
Mental Health Awareness Week UK
Mental health week UK is organized every year to make people aware of their mental health condition. Mental health awareness programs are arranged by the mental health foundation focusing on major and minor issues related to mental health.
In many cases, an affected person wants to get the treatment. But the circumstance doesn’t go in his favor. Might be a person is looking for support from friends and family but unable to convey them. The objective of the mental awareness week is to educate everyone. So, everyone raises its hand for help.
When Is World Mental Health Week Celebrated?
World Mental Health Awareness Week is celebrated in May every year. However, the dates may vary each year depending upon the circumstances.
When Will Be The World Mental Health Week 2020 Held?
The World Mental Health Week 2020 will be held from 18th May – 24th May. However, the arrangements and preparations’ have already been started to celebrate the mental health week on full swing.
What Is The Topic Of World Mental Health Week 2020?
The mental health foundation has announced the topic for the event. The theme for world mental health week 2020 is “kindness”. The focus is on the huge impact of kindness on mental illness.
The two major aspects of the mental health week 2020 is to highlight the importance of kindness during the stressful situation of COVID – 19 and how society will be affected by it. Whether it will be the emergence of a new society after this pandemic?
Why The Topic For World Mental Health Week 2020 Has Been Changed?
The mental health foundation has chosen the topic “SLEEP” before. Due to the outbreak of COVID – 19, it has been decided that the topic will be changed according to the prevailing situation. Thus, kindness is finalized as the new theme for World Mental Health Week 2020.
What Was The Theme Of Mental Health Week Of 2019?
The theme for World mental health week of 2019 was “Body Image”. What people feel about their bodies and what put them in state of mental illness is a very serious issue needs to be discussed. Many people feel compares their bodies with others and put themselves in complexion. The stress due to body image is very severe and lead to serious mental issues.
When The Mental Health Week 2019 Held?
The much-needed event took place from 13th May – 19th May. The whole week is dedicated to discussing the major issue of mental health i.e. “body image”. Most people are the victim of it even from a very young age. Therefore, people must be educated about it!