Local Leaders | Being kind is good for your health

The uncertainty of our current environment can have a significant impact on our mental wellbeing.

Being kind and looking after each other during these challenging times is important.

As well as making people feel good, kindness has been proven to be good for our physical and mental health, as well as the greater community.

Being kind or helping someone can:

  • reduce your stress levels
  • boost your mood and relationships
  • increase your life satisfaction
  • encourage others to do the same
  • brighten someone's day
  • make us more compassionate towards other

Ways you can incorporate random acts of kindness into your daily life:

  • prepare a meal for a loved one
  • make a phone call to someone you care about
  • plant a tree
  • give someone flowers
  • take the time to listen to someone
  • offer to run errands for someone who needs help
  • hold the door open for someone
  • show yourself some kindness

Who to talk to when you or someone you know needs help:

  • If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
  • General practitioners (GPs) for advice, treatment, Mental Health Treatment Plan or referral
  • Specialised mental health clinicians and services, such as psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses or psychiatrists (can be referred by a GP).
  • RAMHP Coordinator, 0417 131 301 or email Judy.Carmody@health.nsw.gov.au. I am not a clinician but I can help link you to services in our area.