This week 18th-24th May is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is kindness and we would like to share with you some thoughts on kindness taken from the Mental Health Foundation who lead this annual campaign.


Why Kindness?

Kindness was chosen for this year’s theme because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises kindness as something all humans need to experience and practise to be fully alive.


Kindness and Mental Health

Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. We know kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships.


Celebrate Kindness

It is important to shine a light on the ways kindness is already flowering at this time. We have seen it in the dancing eyes of 100-year old Captain Tom Moore as he walked his garden to raise money for the NHS and in the mutual aid groups responding to local needs, including the efforts of our own wonderful Community Department. 


Kindness Matters - What You Can Do

We know one act of kindness can lead to many more, so during Mental Health Awareness Week, practise acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week. Share your stories and pictures (with permission) of kindness during the week using the hash-tags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

You can tag us across social media - we would love to see what you get up to:

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No act of kindness is ever wasted. Please join us this Mental Health Awareness Week and make kindness matter.


Webinars for week commencing May 18th

The providers of our Mental Wellbeing App, Thrive, are running a series of webinars across the week that cover different aspects of kindness and how it is connected to your mental wellbeing. 

Monday 18th May at 1pm-2pm: Self-Esteem: Being Kind to Yourself

- What do we mean by self-esteem

- The relationship between self-esteem and mental health condition

- Learn how to think about your ’self’ in a more healthy, accepting way

Click here to register


Wednesday 20th May at 10am-11am: Mindfulness, Gratitude and Acceptance

- Learning acceptance and gratitude for yourself and others

- Calming down the body and mind through self-awareness

- Mindfulness as a key skill for happiness

Click here to register


Friday 22nd May at 11am-12pm: Altruism and Supporting Others

- Exploring the act of selflessly supporting others and its impacts on psychological wellbeing

- When altruism can become burnout

- Mindfulness as a key skill for happiness

Click here to register


Each session will be an hour long and will include an open Q&A session at the end.

Previous Thrive Mental Wellbeing webinars have ‘sold out’ (they have a capacity limit of 500 attendees), so you are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment. 

A list of other previously recorded mental wellbeing webinars can be found on the Thrive You Tube channel. Click here


How do I access the Thrive App?

 - Download on the App Store or get it in Google Play and use “RFC001” to set up your account

- Your Thrive “mental fitness coach in your pocket” is always available (24/7, 365 days a year) so you can access it whenever you need it.


How do I access Care first?

Care first Lifestyle is an online resource offering immediate information, answers and advice to a range of personal, workplace and health issues, helping you to improve your mental wellbeing.

Click here to access the online resource using login details username: richmondrugby and password: rugby.

Confidential Helpline 0800 174 319

Where you can receive a wide range of guidance and counselling from Care first specialists. All you need to do is call this number and say you are from Richmond Rugby Club.

This support programme, is available 24/7, 365 days of the year and is a confidential, free of charge service to members, players, coaches and staff of the Club. 


What about under 18s?

In addition to the above programme for adult members of Richmond Rugby Club, the club has also developed a partnership with stem4, who specialise in supporting positive mental health in teenagers. If you feel you or your family might benefit from this resource, please visit their website.