Monday 18th May marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, with the significance of this year’s campaign more important than ever before, due to the ongoing challenges we face surrounding Covid-19.
As a charity we are proud to raise awareness of mental health and shine a spotlight on not only how you can look after your own mental wellbeing but that of those around you.
Government guidelines and changes to our lifestyles may have limited how we spend time with others, we may not be socialising or spending time with family and friends as we usually would, but we can still make sure we check in on people, picking up the phone and having a catch up call with a friend or family member is a great way to reach out during these times.
Here at BFCitC, our charity team are in regular contact with participants from our Extra Time and Veterans programme, many of who were the first to self-isolate back in March. We’ve had lots of positive feedback from participants that our weekly check-in calls can really lift them up and brighten their day, with staff also benefitting from the interaction.
In addition to this we are supporting the Premier League’s Connecting Generations #GetinTouch campaign, whereby we’re encouraging fans to get in touch with an older relative, friend or neighbour who may be isolated due to the Coronavirus pandemic, by writing a letter that will help that older person to feel supported during lockdown.
Practicing mindfulness has also been found to improve mental wellbeing, helping relieve stress, improve sleep and alleviate anxiety. We recently produced a Mindfulness session that is easily available to view on our YouTube channel. The session can be viewed at any time, although we are encouraging the community to take part each week on ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’, to take 20 minutes out to unwind, focus the mind and relax.