Thousands say #HelloYellow on World Mental Health Day
YoungMinds launches #HelloYellow campaign to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young people .
Thousands say #HelloYellow on World Mental Health Day: YoungMinds launches campaign to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young people.
People up and down the country wore yellow on World Mental Health Day (Monday 10th October) to show their support for children and young people’s mental health charity, YoungMinds.
The charity launched the new campaign, #HelloYellow to put a spotlight on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. People took part by wearing yellow and donating £1 to raise vital funds for the charity. They took pictures of themselves wearing yellow to share on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #HelloYellow.
Cathy Newman, the Channel 4 newsreader, joined the campaign. She said:
"Children are facing an array of mental health problems. We need to do something about this - but first we need to TALK about it. So YoungMinds does a great job tackling the stigma of mental health. It's not a colour I normally wear, but I'm delighted to break the habit of a lifetime and say hello yellow to show my support for the campaign."
YoungMinds works to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health in children and young people. The campaign #HelloYellow hopes to encourage people to think about the complex and challenging issues that impact young people every day.
Research shows that:
- Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder
- Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years
- The number of children and young people who have presented to A&E with a psychiatric condition has more than doubled since 2010
YoungMinds CEO Sarah Brennan said:
“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our #HelloYellow day. All the money raised will support our vital work to improve young people's emotional wellbeing.”
You can find out more about YoungMinds’ work at youngminds.org.uk.
To donate the £1 please text YMYM00 £1 to 70070.