1st June 2020
I’m sure you won’t need reminding but, it is the half term holiday and there are no expectations on anyone to be completing work. You all need that break. Take some time away from the work. Turn off your computer. Don’t check emails. Give yourself some brain space.
It’s fitting that I can say this today towards the end of Mental Health Awareness week, with its strapline kindness matters. During the last few months we have all had to adapt to different and challenging ways of working. You may well have been juggling home-schooling. We’ve all had to adapt to new technologies and platforms. If that is you, I salute you!
I don’t think anyone is yet clear as to what impact this present crisis will have on our individual and collective mental health. However, it seems clear that many of us are going to come out of this crisis in a different position to our state of mind when we went in. I hope that you do feel that we’ve done all that we can to support you during this difficult time and I hope that you have taken all the necessary measures, which you know that you need to take, to ensure that you have good, strong mental health.
I’d also like to take the opportunity with this message this week message to wish Eid Mubarak to our Muslim friends and family. After a long and difficult holy month of Ramadan they can all celebrate Eid-ul – Fitr from tomorrow. I know that for many people it will be a very different Eid to the usual traditions; usually it is an opportunity to spend time with close family and friends; embracing, eating together and sharing intimate moments. That might not take place this year but I’m sure you’ll all find your way of making this Eid as special as every other year. Once again, Eid Mubarak.
‘Let our religions unite us for human kindness rather than dividing us on what we believe. Eid Mubarak’ Hockson Floin