Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson is backing the theme of kindness during mental health awareness week which lasts until Sunday.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says it is always important, but particularly so in this time of crisis, to show kindness in our communities and look out for each other.
Mr Carson has highlighted a survey from the Mental Health Foundation which reveals that almost three quarters of those surveyed say it is important we learn from the Covid-19 pandemic to be more kind as a society.
He added that he has been heartened by many of the volunteering and community led efforts throughout his constituency in order to support the elderly and those who are shielding and the backing for keyworkers on a Thursday night.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “Taking care of our mental health is vitally important and I am pleased to be backing Mental Health Awareness Week this week.
“The theme this year is one of kindness which I think is particularly prevalent at this time during the Covid-19 pandemic when we have all been looking out for one another.
“I have been heartened by the many acts of kindness throughout the constituency at this time in looking out for our elderly and those who are shielding in particular.
“This region has also shown an incredible level of support for our keyworkers every Thursday night on their doorsteps which is hugely appreciated by those working on the frontline at the moment.
“I believe it is absolutely right that there should be a message of kindness going forward after we emerge from this crisis, including simple things such as checking in on each other and being able to offer support to our neighbours, friends and family.
“It is perfectly understandable that people will be struggling right now during this crisis with their mental health and this awareness week highlights the support that is out there for people; you are not alone.”