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intu Merry Hill highlights the power of kindness in Mental Health Awareness Week

intu Merry Hill is encouraging local people to be kind as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

intu Merry Hill is encouraging local people to be kind as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, highlighting acts of kindness in the community during this challenging time.

The centre is asking visitors to nominate people in the local area who have gone above and beyond to help those in need since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.  The competition is taking place at all 14 intu centres in the UK.

From helping a self-isolating neighbour to supporting a charity during the pandemic, no act of kindness is too small – and to say thank you, intu Merry Hill will be selecting a local hero to reward with a £100 intu gift card (T&Cs apply).

Designed to inspire more people to be kind to one another, the campaign is taking place at intu’s 14 centres across the UK as part of its long-term commitment to help and support positive mental health among visitors and staff.

Earlier this year intu Merry Hill joined forces with local mental health charity Dudley Mind to launch ‘Chatty Chairs’, an initiative encouraging everyone to be more open about mental health and raising awareness of conditions such as anxiety and depression.

In December, intu’s chief executive Matthew Roberts signed The Time to Change pledge, a growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to transform attitudes to mental health in the workplace.

Rachael Jackson, general manager at intu Merry Hill added: “Now more than ever, it’s important to raise awareness of mental health and ensure that we are supporting one another as much as we can. If you know an unsung local hero, we’d love to hear from you to help celebrate their acts of kindness.”

“We know that there are a lot of people in our team and in the local community who have been going out of their way to help those in need. By doing this, we hope to encourage even more people to do so.”

Sandra Vaughan, chief executive for Dudley Mind said: “We have seen a spike in mental health issues over the last few months and to help people who are in need of advice or support, we have extended our support line to provide help until midnight, seven days a week.

“The lockdown has been particularly challenging for some, but thankfully it has also shown us the positive actions many have taken to support others. One kind word over the fence, as you pass when out exercising or over the phone, can make a huge difference to someone and may mean the difference between life and death.”

intu Merry Hill is currently operating on a partially open basis to provide access to vital services such as pharmacies, supermarkets and banks. For further information and the latest Covid-19 stores information, visit https://intu.co.uk/merryhill/news/coronavirus-update

To nominate someone for their kindness please visit intu Merry Hill’s Facebook page - @intumerryhill.

For mental health advice and support please call Dudley Mind on 01384 442938.