This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it’s understandable that many people will be struggling to control their emotions all the time, but for lots of us, this isn’t new.
In an average week, 1 in 6 people will experience a common mental health problem.Mental Health Foundation
Over the past 5 days we’ve been sharing social media posts to highlight Mental Health Awareness Week, and hopefully to give those who follow our page some resources and ideas to help them boost their own mental health.
On Monday, we shared a video created by Lloyd Ashley called ‘Living Well in Lockdown’. Lloyd is a professional rugby player who has recently started his own company, Living Well with Lloyd Ashley. Lloyd is using his business as a platform to encourage everyone to talk about their mental health. Coming from a sporting background, Lloyd has experienced his own fair share of highs and lows, but believes everyone should be more comfortable talking about how they feel.
Lloyd’s session covers how we can continue to live well in lockdown, and discusses how nutrition and making the right food choices can help us feel better and become healthier.
You can find Lloyd’s session here.
Before lockdown began, Lloyd would go to Primary Schools on behalf of Apollo Teaching Services and run fantastic sessions for year 5 and 6 children that encouraged them to be aware of the food choices they make, as well as the importance of staying active. Lloyd’s sessions have always received an excellent response from staff and students alike, and we are delighted to be able to share a shorter lockdown version with you. Over the next week or so, we will be sharing the second half of Lloyd’s lockdown session, covering how we can keep active, and the importance of doing so.
On Wednesday, it was National Thank a Teacher Day and we shared our gratitude for all of the teachers and education staff working tirelessly in school hubs or at home to provide our children with excellent learning resources and projects during this tough time.
We saw lots of wonderful posts across Facebook and Twitter thanking teacher staff, and this fits in fantastically with the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week: kindness.
On Thursday, we encouraged you not only to be kind to those around you, but to remember to be kind to yourself too. If you are feeling low, please do check out the NHS webpage for some useful tips and suggestions.
A few weeks ago we launched our Apollo Community initiative, designed to spread a little happiness, and we asked our schools and staff to share with us anything that has made them smile during lockdown. We’ve listened to some fabulous music from Nathaniel, who has challenged himself to write a song a week. We also heard from Carla, who has started to learn Welsh!
If you’d like to share something that’s made you smile during lockdown, we’d love to hear from you. Whether it’s teaching your old dog new tricks, reading a book or baking, please let us know! Send us a message via Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.