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Almost three quarters of Scottish adults say it is important that we learn from the coronavirus pandemic to be more kind as a society.

More than six in ten Scottish adults say that when people are kind to them it has a positive impact on their mental health.

And a similar proportion say that being kind to others has a positive impact on their mental health.

The pandemic could also offer a “once in a generation opportunity” to shape a kinder society.

The stand out findings have been released to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.

The survey findings were published today by the Mental Health Foundation Scotland to mark the start of the awareness week, which this year has the theme of Kindness.

 

At one level, kindness can be as simple as phoning a friend who is lonely or thanking a colleague for something they have done. However, to have a major impact on improving our mental health we need to take kindness seriously as a society. In particular, we need to make kindness an important part of public policy.

The charity says the report contains strong evidence of the impact of kindness on mental health and offers recommendations on how kindness can be turned into action.

Director of the Mental Health Foundation Scotland Lee Knifton said: “The evidence for the positive impact of kindness on protecting and improving mental health has always been clear. Our own survey has shown there is powerful support from the Scottish public for a kinder approach.

“At one level, kindness can be as simple as phoning a friend who is lonely or thanking a colleague for something they have done. However, to have a major impact on improving our mental health we need to take kindness seriously as a society. In particular, we need to make kindness an important part of public policy.

“The pandemic is an opportunity to do that. Kindness can play an essential role in reducing the social, economic and mental health consequences of the crisis that could last for years to come.”

Read more at: https://www.northern-times.co.uk/news/mental-health-foundation-scotlands-survey-reveals-virus-crisis-is-opportunity-to-shape-a-kinder-society-200145/

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