This is the theme for Britain’s Mental Health Awareness Week which took place last week. Promoted by the Mental Health Foundation, it focuses on how, by helping others by acts of kindness, volunteering and peer support, you can indeed help yourself. Research shows that doing good and helping others is good for your health and there can be nothing more humbling, and satisfying, than that feeling of helping someone who cannot help themselves.
I remember when I was a Samaritan volunteer, taking calls on a crisis phoneline, where my role was to listen to people who were desperate or lonely and needed someone with whom to speak. None of us received any financial reward for our help – yet the
commitment and dedication to our role was as if we did, and the Samaritans have now become an international organisation helping people worldwide. Continue reading