I made the following videos for Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2020, at the height of the Covid pandemic when we were all in lockdown, to keep a focus on mental health and ways of coping when things were difficult.
I too was in lockdown so these were self-filmed on my mobile phone – I hope you can see past the production values and find the messages useful.
The theme for that Mental Health Awareness Week was “Be Kind”. The videos can be watched in any order.
- How to cope with difficult feelings
There’s no use crying over spilt milk. Or is there?
Many of us keep a stiff upper lip and keep powering on when things are difficult, but if that’s not working for you, you may find that trying the opposite could help instead.
Watch this video to find out more.
2. Self-care part 1 – speak kindly to yourself
Self-care is really important for good mental health, and it starts with the way you speak to yourself.
Would you be as unkind to others as you sometimes are to yourself?
Watch this video to consider ways you could try and change that critical inner voice.
3. Self-care part 2 – treat yourself with kindness
Do you spend all your time looking after others and ignoring what you need? It’s time to look after yourself better.
This video will make the case for self-care, and tell you how to get started.
These videos are aimed at those suffering with mild to moderate mental health problems. As such, they may not be the right advice for those dealing with issues such as PTSD, schizophrenia, psychosis, etc. Always consult your GP if you are dealing with serious mental health issues, don’t suffer alone.