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Potton View Care Home lifts spirits with special activity for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

10/05/2021

May 10th to 16th is National Mental Health Awareness Week - and our residents at Potton View took part in a special activity to boost self-esteem and show what they mean to one another.  

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Residents and staff decided to create custom drawings of each other, and then surrounded them with words they would use to describe that individual.

We know their is a tendency to spot positives in other people that we don't always see in ourselves, and this activity allowed our residents and staff to see all the positive thoughts other people within the home - be it colleagues or friends - thought of them. 

As well as this lovely activity which brought the home together, staff and residents also used the drawings to create a mental health display board within the home, featuring services within the local area and mental health tips should any of them require any additional support. 

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The initiative was the brainchild of our wonderful activities coordinator Sharon, who previously worked within mental health services for a decade, before joining us at Black Swan Care Group. She was very passionate about celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, and told us why she thought this was a worthwhile activity for Potton View.

She said:

"As we begin to see an easing of restrictions as lockdown comes to an end, it is even more important that we look after our mental wellbeing as well as our physical fitness. 
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We wanted to use Mental Health Awareness Week to focus on the good things, and tell each other the amazing qualities we see in one another, that we are sometimes unable to see within ourselves."

We think this is an amazing celebration of community, supporting independence and wellbeing and raising awareness for a worthwhile and meaningful national awareness-raising campaign. 

Well done to Manager Josephine Cahill, Activities Coordinator Sharon Nickerson and the whole team at Potton View Care Home for putting together this wonderful activity.