World Mental Health Day 2023

10th October

What is it?

World Mental Health Day aims to spread awareness about mental health and the importance of looking after it! The day is a chance for everybody to talk about mental health and emphasise how important it is to reach out if you’re struggling. The day was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, an organisation that advocates mental health education worldwide!


In 2023, the theme for World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental health is a universal human right.’

Kindness and Mental Health

Kindness doesn’t just help other people, but it also improves our own physical and mental health. Whether we’re giving kindness, receiving kindness or even just witnessing kindness, it can have a great effect on us!


When we experience kindness, a hormone called dopamine is released in our brain which gives us a feeling of elevation – it’s often referred to as ‘Helper’s High’. Kindness can also improve relationships. Our evolutionary ancestors had to cooperate with each other for survival. This means we now have ‘kindness genes’ etched into the human genome. So, when we’re kind to each other, we feel a connection that strengthens our relationships and helps us to create new ones. How great is that!


There are many other scientific benefits of kindness, which you can find out more about here. Teaching children about the effects of kindness will empower them to take charge of their own well-being. We have a range of free video lesson plans available to download here. 

Other Ideas for Schools Celebrating World Mental Health Day

Book a Kindness Workshop: We run free Kindness Workshops for primary schools – both face to face and virtually. Our workshops teacher children about the importance of kindness, the science of kindness, and the impact is has on their physical and mental health. 
Request a Kindness Workshop


Take on a Kindness Challenge: Every week in our Kids’ Kindness Club, we set the children a Kindness Challenge, emphasising the many benefits kindness can have on our mental wellbeing. Sign up to our free Kids’ Club and take on a challenge this month!


Decorate your Classroom! We have a range of printable colour posters with facts about kindness, kind quotes and kind science. Browse them here

Kind Games & Activities

Play Kindness Bingo

Kindness Bingo Game

Includes instructions, plus 30 different bingo cards to download and print (A5).
Download PDF now 


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