The team at Norfolk and Waveney Mind will be marking this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week in a special and somewhat different way to previous years, by holding a virtual Festival of Kindness.
Embracing this year’s campaign theme of kindness, they will be turning over their social media platforms from 18-24th May to host the festival, which aims to help connect people through music, art, food, poetry and more, whilst celebrating all things kind and the positive effects this can have on our mental health and wellbeing.
The festival will be split into zones and will include a main stage where bands, artists and musicians will perform; a family area with craft activities, storytelling, and poems; a wellbeing area which will include mindfulness sessions. There will also be a kindness café where people will be sharing recipes and an SOS tent with self-help tips for managing your mental wellbeing and signposting information. You can even download and colour in your own festival wristband and bunting from the dedicated event page on their website!
Speaking on behalf of Norfolk and Waveney Mind, Rachel Walsh Head of External Affairs, said: “Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but this week is a great opportunity to get as many people as possible thinking and talking about mental health.
“We know lots of people are missing out on public events such as festivals this year and wanted to also dedicate this time for people to come together online and celebrate all things kind through a week long programme of activities and entertainment for all ages.
“We’ve received lots of interest for our festival from bands, performers and people offering to volunteer their time to help. We would love to hear about kind things that have happened to you that we can all celebrate. It could be the smallest gesture that made a huge difference, something you have remembered for a long time or something that happened very recently. Maybe you or your family could submit a poem, artwork or photo around the theme of kindness? We would encourage everyone to get involved!”
For further information about Norfolk and Waveney Mind and their Festival of Kindness visit www.norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk If you’d like to submit something to be shared during the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org