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In these challenging times, PCC John Campion is calling for kindness as part of the national Mental Health Awareness Week.

With this extraordinary period in which we find ourselves challenging even the most robust and resilient people, there has never been a more appropriate time to raise awareness about mental health and ensure we’re doing all we can for ourselves and others, including those that are vulnerable.

With people spending more time alone, away from work and other normal routines, it is vital we are coming together to help people from becoming exposed to further traumas, and potentially falling victim to crime.

This year’s awareness week is based on helping others, which in turn can help reduce stress and improve wellbeing, as well as help prevent people from becoming victims of crime. Through various community projects, including the PCC’s community fund, it has shown humanity at its very best with people coming together amidst the fear.

PCC John Campion said: “I’m committed to protecting people across West Mercia, particularly our most vulnerable, which is why managing mental health is incredibly important. As we face isolation from friends and loved ones, take this week to make sure that you’re not only finding ways to be kind to others, but to be kind to yourself.

“There are a number of ways you can get involved in random acts of kindness such as calling a friend, helping someone who is suffering with loneliness or offering support to vulnerable neighbours. I have been immensely proud of how the communities across West Mercia have come together, and I hope to see it continue during this national awareness week and beyond.”

Visit the Mental Health Awareness website for more tips and support –