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Happy Mental Health Awareness Week!

Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation:

“It’s often said that it’s better to give than receive but did you know that this is actually backed up by research?

While many of us feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others or say we’ll focus on doing good deeds when we have more ‘spare time’, evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. It can:

• reduce stress
• improve emotional wellbeing
• benefit physical health
• bring a sense of belonging and reduce isolation
• help us live longer
• get rid of negative feelings

As part of our work to help the nation lead mentally healthy lives, we have produced a pocket guide to show the positive impact that helping others can have on your own mental health, including some tips and suggestions to help you get started.

Small changes can make a big difference. For example, you could:

• Offer to pick up some groceries for your elderly neighbour when you do your weekly shop
• Call a friend who you haven’t spoken to for a while
• Tell your family members how much you appreciate them
• Make a cup of tea for a colleague
• Listen to your colleague who is having a bad day
• Give up your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant woman on public transport
• Pick up some rubbish lying around in the street
• Smile and say hello to people you may pass every day but have never spoken to before

So just take a few minutes, have a read and do something nice for a friend or a stranger today.”

For more information about how helping others can be beneficial for your mental health, read our Doing Good? report: or you can also support us by sharing an act of kindness on facebook:


Mental Health Foundation

We are the UK’s leading mental health research, policy and service improvement charity. We are committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives. We help people to survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. We do this by: carrying out research developing practical solutions for better mental health services campaigning to reduce stigma and discrimination promoting better mental health for us all. We work across all age ranges and all aspects of mental health. We are the charity for everyone’s mental wellbeing.

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