During the coronavirus crisis, more of us are isolated and alone than ever. Mental Health Collective’s #KindnessByPost project is building a movement for connection and hope.
You can sign up for free to send a card or letter with a message of encouragement to someone else in the UK, and have someone allocated to send a card or letter encouraging you. Register for free to be part of it.
In a nutshell
Mental Health Collective’s #KindnessByPost project is the UK’s leading random acts of kindness exchange.
#KindnessByPost is like a great big secret santa for random acts of kindness. Members of the public sign up to send a card or letter with a message of goodwill to someone they don’t know, and are allocated a person to send a card or letter to them.
People post on social media about the cards and letters they send and receive using #KindnessByPost, so that these messages of hope are shared beyond those participating directly.
When people feel like they are falling apart they often think they are alone. #KindnessByPost offers a new way of coming together to improve our health and wellbeing. As messages of kindness criss-cross the country, we remind ourselves that we are not on our own in the world. Kindness is out there, hope is out there, and we can be that hope for each other.
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Over 9000 people have taken part in #KindnessByPost so far, and we have had participants from every single county in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Our work has been featured on Channel 5 News, the Metro; The Evening Standard; I newspaper; Zoe Ball’s BBC 2 breakfast show; BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday; BBC Radio London’s Vanessa Feltz show; BBC Radio London’s InSpirit; Premier; Voice of Islam Radio; and on BBC Hereford and Worcester. You never know who you might be sending a card to – actor Indira Varma, broadcasters Rev Kate Bottley, Anna Richardson and comedian Dave Chawner have all got involved!
Participants have been incredibly imaginative. Cards and letters have criss-crossed the UK with blessings, affirmations, suggestions for songs and favourite books, and simple messages of good wishes and positivity. Seeds that the recipient can plant on their windowsill. Beautiful, poignant, heart-felt letters, with words crafted for someone to hold onto when life is at its bleakest. Funny, silly, cheesy cards, with puns and dancing pineapples. A handful of confetti, each piece inscribed with words of encouragement. A favourite mathematical equation (yes, really!). A card ordered from an online greetings card company by someone who is too unwell to get to the post-box.
We take pride in taking a leap of faith together. Whether you receive something yourself or not, joining in with a #KindnessByPost exchange means being part of a movement for connection and hope.