ADVICE

Being kind can be good for our mental health

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Being kind and looking after each other during these challenging times is important. Photo: Dustin Belt
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Being kind and looking after each other during these challenging times is important. Photo: Dustin Belt

The uncertainty of our current environment can have a significant impact on our mental well-being.

As well as making people feel good, kindness has been proven to be good for our physical and mental health, as well as the greater community.

Being kind or helping someone can:

  • Reduce your stress levels;
  • Boost your mood and relationships;
  • Increase your life satisfaction;
  • Encourage others to do the same;
  • Brighten someone's day; and
  • Make us more compassionate towards others.

Ways you can incorporate random acts of kindness into your daily life:

  • Prepare a meal for a loved one;
  • Make a phone call to someone you care about;
  • Plant a tree;
  • Give someone flowers;
  • Take the time to listen to someone;
  • Offer to run errands for someone who needs help;
  • Hold the door open for someone; and
  • Show yourself some kindness.

Who to talk to when you or someone you know needs help

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

  • General practitioners (GPs) for advice, treatment, Mental Health Treatment Plan or referral.
  • Specialised mental health clinicians and services, such as psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses or psychiatrists (can be referred by a GP).
  • Telephone support services: NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511; Kids Helpline 1800 551 800; Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467; Beyond Blue 1300 224 636; Lifeline 13 11 14 ; MensLine 1300 78 99 78.

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)- contact me, your local RAMHP Coordinator, on 0417 131 301 or email Judy.Carmody@health.nsw.gov.au. I am not a clinician but I can help link you to services in our area.

Or head to the RAMHP website for information and helpful resources: www.ramhp.com.au.

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