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Supporting the Mental Health Foundation with Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and the theme of kindness.
We are virtually holding hands with our workforce, families and children – to raise mental health awareness and support you through this challenging and worrying time. Now more than ever our sector needs to shine the spotlight on mental health – for the wellbeing of staff and for all children and families.
Join in and join voices with EY professionals everyday across the week, use the hashtags to join in, find and follow each day on social media. #EYMHAW #MHAW
“Sometimes these things can feel tokenistic but what Kate has done brilliantly each time is to help us re-focus making these awareness weeks an embedded part of our pedagogy, practice and development. Can’t wait to get involved again!” Kerry Payne EYFS 4 ME
Due to the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in due to Covid-19 we have put together two platforms, one for Early Years Staff and one for Parents and Children. They are free to access, you can simply sign up and take part.
“Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.” Mental Health Foundation 2020