Mental Health Awareness Week
Friday 15 May 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020, and this year’s theme is kindness. Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, the week aims to raise awareness and to promote the message of good mental health for all.
Kindness and mental health are deeply connected. At this difficult time, we want to celebrate the many examples of exceptional kindness we are seeing through our schools, as people go above and beyond to make a positive difference for the members of their school community.
That is why we are excited to announce the launch of our virtual Kindness Cups - a way to celebrate the incredible acts of kindness taking place across our school communities. We are inviting children and parents to award these Kindness Cups during Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May).
The Mental Health Foundation defines kindness as: “doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference”.
The Place2Be Kindness Cups provide an opportunity to recognise the children, teachers, parents/carers and other individuals who have made a positive difference through their kindness at this challenging time.
How to award your kindness cup.
We have provided the design your own kindness cup template and 3D ideas (using materials you can find around the house) so you can get creative with your cups. This will be sent out to all pupils on our school website using this link https://arkkingsacademy.org/life-school/place-2-be-support-service
All parents and children who receive weekly paper copies of their distant learning pack, will find the resources included in this pack. This includes some ideas of how you can create and award your kindness cup. Included will be a certificate so you add the name of your recipient. Please nominate each other and keep showing that kindness as we all need a little (or a lot), especially at this time! Think about the eight aspects of the Compass Curriculum when thinking of your nominations, Bravery, Endeavour, Leadership, Integrity, Excellence, Vision, Empathy and Service. Who in your community has demonstrated these values?
Students in the secondary phase can make nominations to their Head of Year and these will be celebrated in achievement assembly on Friday 22nd May.
Celebrating on social media
With school closed, we will be using our twitter and Facebook account to celebrate and showcase your kindness awards in our community. Please send your kindness cups to: firstname.lastname@example.org