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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 - Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

How ACO charities got involved with Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 ran from 18-22 May, with many ACO member charities coming up with different ways of getting involved and showcasing the mental health and wellbeing support they provide.

With maintaining good mental health more important than ever right now, below are some of our favourite ways our member charities got involved during the week.

LionHeart ran daily wellbeing webinars

The charity for RICS professionals and their partners challenged themselves by holding daily lunchtime webinars on different topics throughout the week, from meditation to stress management.

Charities established support networks

Being there for each other, even virtually, is very important at the moment. Two of our member charities saw the need to help people from their communities come together to share their experiences.

The Film and Television Charity launched a mental health community during the week, a free anonymous platform where members of their industry can get together to express their concerns anonymously, in a group or one-to-one with peers.

The Royal Society of Musicians also set up a telephone support network, run by volunteers in the Society so musicians could support each other in these challenging times.

Pharmacist Support launched a new wellbeing campaign

The charity supporting pharmacists at this challenging time launched their new campaign ACTNow to raise awareness of the importance of wellbeing. The campaign hopes to encourage those working or studying in pharmacy to prioritise their own mental health and check in on others by setting up a Hub containing various resources and creating a dialogue by sharing the stories from people at different stages in their career.

Racing Welfare’s 7 Days of Kindness

The racing industry’s charity celebrated the week by sharing case studies and advice  on subjects such as helping others, undertaking Mental Health First Aid training, self-care and combatting loneliness for seven days on social media and their website.

The charity also produced a Wellbeing Toolkit designed to support the mental wellbeing of racing’s workforce during the Covid-19 outbreak, containing useful coping tips.

Architects’ Benevolent Society shared stories from individuals

The charity supporting architects shared stories from some of the individuals they had helped with mental health support on Twitter during the week.

The Bank Workers’ Charity created a wellbeing action calendar

The charity supporting bank workers created a wellbeing action calendar of small things that could be done each day to improve your wellbeing.



PRS Members’ Fund posted mental health guidance

The musicians’ charity created guidelines for looking after your mental health and shared these out on social media during the week.

Hospitality Action launched a wellbeing hub

The hospitality industry’s charity launched a hub packed full of resources to help employees manage their wellbeing, from advice on addiction and suicide awareness to coping with family and relationships at this time.

The hub also featured a Lockdown Lessons video, a collection of stories and tips from hospitality people who have suffered from a mental health problem in the past.