RESIDENTS of Cumnock and Doon Valley are being urged to mark Mental Health Awareness Week by spreading a little kindness.

The nation-wide event, which runs from May 8 to 14, coincides with Breathing Space, Scotland’s mental health helpline’s yearlong 52 Weeks of Kindness Campaign.

Tony McLaren, Breathing Space’s national coordinator said: “Whether it’s offering to take the bins out for your neighbours, letting someone in front of you in the shopping queue or passing along a good book you’ve read – all these little things can really brighten up someone’s day.

“If everyone carried out little acts of kindness within their local communities, then it would make for a much better world.

“Looking after our own mental health as well as that of friends, family and colleagues is extremely important and we’d encourage everyone to spread a little kindness and support the national campaign.”

Breathing Space is a confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed.

The service is open evenings and weekends on 0800 83 85 87.