18 May 2020 10:36
THIS YEAR's mental health awareness week launched today (Monday), with people encouraged to celebrate kindness. The theme of the national initiative, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and is now in its 20th year, is that kindness matters – especially during troubled times like the current pandemic. "People who may have previously felt isolated in remote and rural communities may be feeling this even more acutely at this time, so it's important they know that support is available to them," he said. "This year's Mental Health Awareness Week is putting the focus on kindness as a means of helping people through the pandemic and building a better society as we emerge from it. Mental Health Foundation chief executive Mark Rowland said: "This year may be the most important week we have ever hosted, as we deal with coping and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
Prince William and Kate will be joined by England captain Harry Kane and singer Dua Lipa as they encourage Britons to reach out to their friends at the beginning of mental health awareness week. The royals will be joined by England captain Harry Kane, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, actor David Tennant and two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in the message, focussing on telling people they are not alone during the coronavirus pandemic. William, 37, and Kate, 38, have just marked one year of their text-based crisis line Shout, which they launched with Prince Harry and Meghan when the Royal Foundation represented both couples. Jason Knauf, chief executive of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, said: "As we feel the effects of COVID-19 on the nation's mental health, we will need to support one another more than ever. William and Kate have had a focus on mental health initiatives since the pandemic.
Like, strong people in life, the bravest, the most courageous people, they don't go through that, they just get on with it...and that's not the case." Rex Features 2/16 Robert Pattinson Twilight star Robert Pattinson told The Telegraph he struggled with depression for a period of time. He told Today in 2018: "After years and years and years of just shoving every negative, bad feeling down to the point where I mean, I just didn't even feel it anymore...and for me, that sent me down a spiral staircase real quick and like I said, I found myself in a spot where I didn't want to be alive anymore." Rex Features 4/16 Zayn Malik Zayn Malik told The Sunday Times Style magazine about suffering with an eating disorder and anxiety. 'That was a s*** dance move.' 'They're hating you.'" Rex Features 6/16 Professor Green After his father took his own life in 2008, rapper Professor Green started speaking openly about his mental health problems and the pressure on men to be strong. "It's difficult because sometimes you're having a great day, then someone comes up and tells you something absolutely horrific; I'm not a psychologist and it's really hard." Rex Features 7/16 Donald Glover American actor, comedian, writer and musician Donald Glover, who performs under the name Childish Gambino told Vice in 2013 he'd been through periods of depression following the end of his tour. I wasn't living up to my standard, I was living up to other people's standards, and I just said 'I don't see the point'." Rex Features 8/16 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes told People magazine that talking about his mental health problems was the "scariest" thing he's ever done.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the first Instagram Guides will centre on mental health and wellbeing.