It’s that time of year again! Mayor’s Health Week is taking place from 7th – 14th May 2016.
This year we want to raise the energy of Waterford focusing on the benefits of kindness- where we treat ourselves and others with kindness and promote positive mental health and wellbeing through #kindwaterford.
What is #kindwaterford?
#kindwaterford is a community based initiative aimed at promoting community-led action around mental health and well-being using the concept of kindness as focal point. This action will
- raise awareness of the protective factors for mental health and wellbeing,
- reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues
- promote available community supports
|What protects our mental wellbeing?|
|Community factors||Individual factors|
|· No stigma associated with mental health issues||· Positive self image|
|· Tolerance, respect and diversity||· Coping skills|
|· Access to support services||· Good physical health|
|· Access to employment or other meaningful activity||· Sense of belonging|
|· Financial security||· Awareness and access to support services|
|· Safe and secure living environments||· Access to social networks|
|· Community participation|
|· Close relationships with family and friends|
How can I get involved?
|Like the #kindwaterford facebook page: www.facebook.com/kindwaterford|
|Enter our competition to win a Buddy Bench and mental health awareness program for your school or community
(open to preschool, primary and secondary schools and community groups in Waterford City and County)
|Promote kindness in during April, in the lead up to Mayor’s Health Week and tell us all about it using the hastag #kindwaterford on twitter and facebook.
(open to everyone in Waterford Waterford City and County)
|Organise an event that raises the awareness of the factors that protect our mental well-being, reduces the stigma associated with mental health issues
(open to everyone in Waterford City and County)
|Pledge your organisation to support the #littlethings campaign
(open to organiastions)