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How to Promote Kindness for World Mental Health Day

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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The smallest acts of kindness towards others can boost their mental well-being. As such, being kind to others should be on your daily to-do list. Special days, such as the World Mental Health Day and the World Suicide Prevention Day, aim to understand people struggling with mental health issues. For additional support, you can also contact Renaissance Recovery for treatment and therapy options.

Promoting Kindness for World Mental Health Day

Before we talk about how you can promote kindness, especially towards people struggling with mental disorders, here is how being kind affects your well-being. Your negative emotions affect your physical and psychological health. Practicing kindness—for instance, in the form of gratitude and compassion—can trigger the brain to produce dopamine and serotonin. These are feel-good hormones that can make you calm, happy, and boost your self-esteem.

On the contrary, negative emotional states, such as anger, agitation, and jealousy, trigger your brain to release cortisol. This hormone can have adverse negative effects, including lowering your immune system and causing weight gain.

Therefore, it is vital to sensitize your community against the dangers of stigmatizing mental disorders. When you extend kindness to people, they feel you care and love them. Read on for ways of showing goodwill.

Call a Loved One You Have Not Spoken to Recently

You might have been communicating with people on Facebook, WhatsApp, or email. While such modes of connecting with loved ones have their place, they cannot replace voice messages’ power.

If your loved ones grapple with mental illnesses, such as depression, personality disorders, or trauma, it is possible to feel it in the way they talk. It is easier for them to express feelings through a telephone conversation than texting.

A simple phone call could help individuals with suicidal thoughts to change their mind.

Volunteer Your Time and Skills

Most organizations that help create awareness about mental issues lack adequate resources. Volunteering your time and experience to help these organizations achieve their goals is an excellent way of giving back to society.

Your local church, a non-profit organization, or government institutions usually have World Mental Health Day plans. Show your kindness by donating your time, skills, or money to such causes.

Be There for a Loved One

Experts reveal that millions of adults in the US are battling mental disorders. The statistics imply that in many families, the chances are that one member has a mental disorder. Therefore, mental illnesses are more rampant than what the general population thinks.

It would be best to spare some time to ask family members and friends how they are feeling. Do not forget to thank them for being part of your life. Assure loved ones of your unconditional support, mostly if they have gone through a divorce, miscarriages, emotional trauma, and sexual assault.

Spend Time With a Displaced Family

When you sit comfortably in your home, it is easy to forget your fellow human beings on the other side of life. Most people rarely show kindness to the homeless, the hungry, and individuals the society views as insane. Many of these people are in dire need of mental health treatment.

You can restore faith in humanity by donating food and clothing or spending time with less fortunate people.

Help Those in Need to Seek Rehab Treatment

If a loved one needs mental health treatment, try to get the person in rehab during this day. Therapists can offer a wide range of treatment services, including:

Spread Kindness With the Help of Renaissance Recovery

As you look forward to World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October, join like-minded people in Renaissance Recovery to spread kindness. The gesture enhances overall well-being. Contact Renaissance Recovery at [Direct] for more information about mental health issues and rehab treatment.

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