Let’s make a positive impact on our mental well-being and the lives of those around us. Acts of kindness provide a warm and positive connection that can be a game-changer for someone facing depression or anxiety. Don’t underestimate the value of simple acts of kindness – they can boost your mood, reduce stress, and even make a significant impact on others.
Day 1: Send a letter or care package to someone who needs it
Send a letter to a grandparent.
Make a care package for a new mother.
Give a Valentine to a loved one.
Day 2: Tell someone you’re proud of them
“Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off, and I couldn’t be prouder.”
“I knew you could do it, and I’m so proud to see you succeed.”
“You’ve impressed me once again; your achievements speak volumes, and I’m proud to know you.”
Day 3: Call someone you haven’t spoken to for a while
“Long time, no talk! Hope everything’s going well on your end.”
“Hey! I’ve been missing our chats. What’s new with you?”
“Hey you! It’s been too quiet without our conversations. What’s the scoop?”
Day 4: Send a motivational text to friend who is struggling
“Life’s challenges are tough, but so are you. Believe in your ability to overcome, and remember, I’m here to support you.”
“In the face of adversity, your determination shines even brighter. You’re capable of turning setbacks into comebacks. Keep going!”
“It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, but don’t forget that you have the power within you to rise above. I believe in your strength and resilience.”
Day 5: Become a volunteer call specialist
Finding the volunteer opportunity that best suits your skills, availability and expectations can make all the difference to you and your community. Volunteer Call Specialists provide information and referrals, supportive listening, and crisis intervention in MHA’s Call Center.
“I’ve never been in a situation like this before and have never felt so supported as I did when I reached 211.”
“I’m glad to know there are nonjudgmental people available to listen.”
“I’m appreciative of the CS [Call Specialist] I spoke with and the effort she made to help me.”
The position requires 50 hours of training and 15 hours of apprenticeship in active listening skills, suicide prevention, and special topics. For more information on becoming a Call Specialist or our other volunteer opportunities visit our volunteer page.
Day 6: Tell someone why you’re thankful for them
“Just wanted to say thanks for being awesome! Thank you for all the joy and goodness you bring.”
“Hey, I appreciate you more than you know. Thank you for being such an incredible friend.”
“Your kindness and support mean the world to me. Thank you for always being there.”
Day 7: Make a donation to a local nonprofit
$100 provides a supportive home-visit for an at-risk, first time parent to assist them with understanding their child’s needs.
$500 provides a young college student with the option of MHA’s walk-in crisis services any day, any time.
$1,000 provides a senior citizen on a fixed income of less than $15,000 per year with 15 weeks of counseling after they receive a life-threatening medical diagnosis.
$5,000 provides a caring, compassionate voice in MHA’s 24/7 call center who is a lifeline to more than 350 people in our community, including at least 15 people with concerns about suicide.
Mental health matters.
Nothing else does more to shape the course of our lives. From our earliest memories to our most difficult moments, our mental health is our ability to connect with others, face our challenges and pursue our passions – to become the people we want to be.