Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services joined Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation for its second annual 21 Days to Be Kind Challenge to encourage young people, families and teachers to build habits that foster kindness and promote the strength and wellness of their communities.
The challenge, which occurs Sept. 1-21 and concludes on the United Nations International Day of Peace, is an opportunity for schools and colleges to kick off the new school year by establishing kinder habits among students. Corporate partners, nonprofit partners and other participants can head into the fall with a spirit of compassion and action.
“Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services partnered with Born This Way’s 21-day Kindness Challenge because kindness promotes mental health,” Didi Hirsch President and CEO Kita S. Curry said. “Reaching out and helping someone is an act of kindness that is good for you as well as the person you touch.”
The 21-day kindness calendar to enhance mental health and wellness will be pushed through social media culminating at its 21st annual Alive & Running 5K for Suicide Prevention in Westchester on Sept. 29. The event raises funds and awareness for Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center.
Didi Hirsch is also asking volunteers to send in examples of their acts of kindness to post on the organization’s social media channels. Also partnering in the challenge are more than 60 schools, nonprofit organizations and public and private entities.
“We were overwhelmed by last year’s response to our BeKind21 Challenge,” Born This Way Foundation President and co-founder Cynthia Germanotta said. “This year, we hope to build on the excitement we saw from thousands of people and dozens of partner organizations. Kindness is a simple yet powerful practice. That’s why we’re inviting everyone to join us in establishing kinder habits and building a culture of kindness by putting kindness into action each day from Sept. 1 to Sept. 21 – being kind to your body, mind and community.”
For information, visit didihirsch.org.
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