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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 | Ben's thoughts
20th May 2020

Mental Health can affect anyone, any day of the year. Now more than ever, it’s so important to be kind to one another. The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is kindness, so we’ve asked our leadership team what kindness means to them and their experiences of kindness.


Ben Walker, Head of Sales at Richmond Villages shares his thoughts:


What does kindness mean to you?

Kindness is being generous, considerate and being friendly. Kindness can be looked upon as weakness or naïve but in fact, to me, kindness requires courage and strength.


When was the last time you gave or experienced kindness?

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, I have been doing my 87-year-old neighbour's grocery shopping for the last 8 weeks.


Or what acts of kindness have struck you, either during COVID or ‘normal’ life?

I have witnessed throughout the COVID 19 outbreak that many businesses both large and small providing elements of their services to ensure people in critical situations to them are able to go about their everyday lives which is incredibly generous from a financial, safety and time perspective.  


How do you try to be kind to yourself? 

There are a couple of aspects in my life that I would class as me being kind to myself, I have a huge passion for sport and therefore ‘downtime’ to watch or play provides me with a mental release. Also, I enjoy all things films and documentaries which equally provide me with a release.


What advice would you give others this MHAW? 

Be open, honest about how you’re feeling and do not store feelings and thoughts up, make sure you take an opportunity to talk more with those who offer out support.


What’s something you feel grateful for – either at home or work?

I feel incredibly grateful that my family are healthy and safe and long may this continue.

Every day this week we will be sharing a blog post dedicated to Mental Health Awareness Week. Tomorrow, Jenny Kirkland, Head of Care and Quality at Richmond Villages, shares her thoughts on kindness.

Kindness quote of the day:
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."