Mental Health Awareness Week - Last day!!!!! But don’t worry, we can all just keep on being KIND!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Challenges, insights, ideas and suggestions for coping with this difficult time via this blog, really hope you can join in….. 

And remember, if you need to talk, then call us on phone 01429 2693030, Facebook (Hartlepool and East Durham Mind, Mindskills Recovery College) or twitter @HartlepoolMind, to get some advice or share what’s going on for you at the moment.  Keeping things bottled up or not speaking because you feel like what you say doesn't make sense, can be really harmful.  Once you can talk, get things out in the open, they can become a lot more manageable.  We are here for you, to work with you and hopefully make you feel your situation is more manageable - so read the blog if you’d like or talk to us in some other way, we want to know how you are.

If you are making a referral to us, please use the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If things are very difficult, then click the “need urgent help” button above, to get relevant advice and numbers.

Also, please do use the helplines that pop up on this site to ask for a little extra support if you need it.  We are all only human and needing help at times is totally fine, and at the same time, maybe you can think about how you might be able to help someone else today. You could be just the thing someone else needs! 



Challenge Five- Let’s Do Something Fabulous (Doing something kind for someone else)

So, while it is definitely fabulous, this is also a very serious challenge. In doing something for someone else (a proper kindness, not an easy drop) we do two things: we make a real connection (a true sense of friendship) and we find purpose (a reason for being who we are and being a part of this world)

And, as Maff Potts of the Camerados says “Friendship and Purpose is what it’s all about”

And when we have friendship, connections, meaning and purpose, our wellbeing levels are high. 

But it also means that when the bad times hit, we have friends, camerados and mates we can ask for help, and when they are having tough times we play our part to help get them through too! To really support our mental health and wellbeing we need to reach out to become part of a community of people, in lots of different places and in lots of different ways.

We can be part of a community in our family, on our street with our neighbours, where we work, learn or spend leisure time, from when we were at school or with parents from where our children go to school. These groups of people are not accessories to our lives, they are the people that make our lives meaningful. For every single one of us, when we think about the days that have really mattered in our lives we know they were the days filled with the people we love doing, the things we love. 

By reaching out today you are reminding yourself of how important being part of those networks is for you and your wellbeing, as well as reminding yourself of the importance of mutual aid, giving back, helping others, and accepting help when you need it.

So, as we said, we think today, in the most important of challenges. Please do something for someone else, look around and try and see if you can spot someone who is struggling or maybe someone who is always doing things for others, try and work out what it is that you could do that might really make a difference to them. It really isn’t about big gestures, it’s about doing something that is special and relevant to that person or that family. It might be a bit of a challenge in Lockdown but we know you can do it…

And of course, please tell us what you did and what happened, if there are pictures as well, that would be great!


Now the final bit of the challenge is that if you have enjoyed the process and can afford it (please don’t give us money that you need for other things) then please donate via our Virgin Moneypage to help us keep reaching out and building a more connected, caring, creative and kind world for us all. 

Ok, well that’s us for today - See you soon…

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to cover in future blog posts, but most of all Stay Safe Well, Creative, Connected and KIND!


Please don’t go out unless entirely necessary (i.e. for food basics), keep a safe distance (2 meters) from the other people around (more if someone is running or cycling). Keep smiling, waving and talking. Wash hands and avoid touching faces when out and about. 

Anything we can do to stop and slow the virus is keeping more of us safe and literally saving lives. 

If you have symptoms, stay inside and contact 111 or the website to get more advice.

If you have any other health concerns please do call your doctors, they are still open and you are not “bothering” them if you need to speak about something going on for you right now. COVID-19 is a terrible thing but other health problems are also a priority - call your GP and check it out!

Look forward to speaking again soon!

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