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As the world continues to respond to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic small acts of kindness are becoming increasingly important in our daily lives.

Acts of kindness do make a tremendous difference to the mental health and wellbeing of both recipient and giver.

That’s why AffecTech is supporting this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 18-24, launched by the Mental Health Foundation.

AffecTech researcher Claudia Dauden explains: “Kindness in daily life is a great boost to our mental health and in this year of unique challenges it can really make a difference.

“As part of AffecTech’s commitment to mental health awareness, we are encouraging people to share acts of kindness they encounter during their ‘lockdown’ daily lives.

“Because despite this being a sad and challenging time for many, we are also seeing countless genuine acts of kindness that are bringing people together and brightening up their days. A kind word or offer of practical assistance to another person is all it takes to make a difference.

“Please support Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 by sharing your positive stories on social media with hashtags such as #mentalhealthawarenessweek #kindnessmatters or #dailykindness, so others can join in and celebrate their acts of kindness too, and spread the word about how acts of kindness make such a positive impact on our wellbeing.”

AffecTech is an international network researching and developing personalised technologies to support common mental health conditions.

As an interdisciplinary network, our values are guided by our commitments to excellence in research, training and development, alongside innovation and dedication to social impact.

We are committed to harnessing new approaches to create positive impact for individuals and society; as well as starting conversations, raising awareness and combating stigma surrounding the issue of mental health.

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