This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and given the continued restrictions, the theme of kindness is particularly appropriate. If you’re struggling with your mental health through lockdown, or are concerned about a family member, friend or neighbour, our latest helpline guide has links to organisations who are there for you.
Download the PDF here:
Research has shown that by helping others, you will also be helping yourself. According to the Mental Health Foundation: “People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. They may even live longer. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing.”
Check out their guide to being kind at: Kindness Matters Guide
According to a survey done by The Priory, 40% of men won’t talk about their own mental health. The good news is that the same survey showed that 66% would share their feelings with their partner above anyone else.
So, if you think your male partner is struggling, talk to him. Use our helpline sheet to find the kind of professional support he may need. GP’s are open for business and ready to help anyone struggling with their mental health. Before the pandemic, the biggest cause of pressure men felt under was work-related.
As the UK starts return to work, that pressure will return, whether through returning to work, concern over a job post-furlough, or trying to restore a business.
Domestic violence has a major impact on mental health, now and into the future lives of you and your children. Any form of domestic abuse is not acceptable. Use the restriction exception to ‘cool off’ at another home with friends or family. If you are in danger, remove yourself and your children immediately - the police can and will help you.
As experienced family lawyers we too can help. Our website has two pages of advice on what to do next, with a separate page for male and female victims.
See our pages on:
Concerned about the effect of lockdown on your child’s mental health? Action for Children have developed the M-A-S-K list of signs of metal health issues in children - Mood, Actions, Social, Keep Talking. If you are worried, call the Young Minds parents helpline on 0808 802 5544, or check out their website. As their slogan says “The sooner, the better”.
For here’s Rita’s thoughts on maintaining good mental health, in particular during family breakdowns.