World Mental Health Day 2023
What is it?
In 2023, the theme for World Mental Health Day is ‘Mental health is a universal human right.’
Kindness and Mental Health
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
Includes instructions, plus 30 different bingo cards to download and print (A5).
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