Competition launched to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

18th May
2020

A crafty and creative competition has been launched to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 – and this year’s theme of kindness.

‘Flags of Kindness’, is a competition for all staff, young people and their carers which has been created by Download, East Sussex’s young people’s participation group, in association with Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), which is provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The idea of the competition is to share the kindness online, or within local communities.

Stephanie Hutton, CAMHS Occupational Therapy Lead at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “Given that the world is a little topsy-turvy at present, we’ve been thinking of ways that we can celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, and kindness generally, to ourselves and others.

“This is a way to bring kindness to the forefront of our thoughts and share ideas from our homes.”

To create a flag or poster of kindness, just take any paper at home and write, draw or print acts, words or quotes of kindness on them and display in windows or online. Whether it is telling a friend what you like about them, drawing a picture from kind words, collating a picture montage of kind acts, posting a kindness quote or giving to charity. Place them on a flag, bunting or poster and hang it in your window at home or online to share the kindness.

Then take a picture and post it on Twitter or Instagram, tagging @our_mh_space with the hashtag #SPFTkindacts. We will pick a winner  on Monday 1 June, who will receive a selection of goodies from Hotel Chocolat.

“Given that the world is a little topsy-turvy at present, we’ve been thinking of ways that we can celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, and kindness generally, to ourselves and others. This is a way to bring kindness to the forefront of our thoughts and share ideas from our homes.”