Why we campaigned
3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition, and over 80,000 young people are severely depressed. We put a spotlight on young people's mental health for World Mental Health Day on 10th October.
We all have mental health, just like we have physical health. To help young people take care of themselves and each other, we need to stop the stigma and start the conversation about how to be well and stay well.
#HelloYellow helped to raise awareness and generate funds to support young people. By wearing something yellow and donating £1 to YoungMinds on 10th October, thousands of people helped us create a brighter future.
Did you know?
- About 725,000 people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder, and 86% of them will have had symptoms before the age of 19
- 1 in 10 deliberately harm themselves regularly
- Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin before age 14
- Nearly 850,000 children between 5 and 16 have a mental health problem
As part of our campaign, we gave young people a series of #HelloYellow tips:
You’re not alone
Most of us feel overwhelmed or like we can’t cope with things at least once in our lives and many of us feel like that a lot more frequently. It is at times like that that you need to be able to talk to someone and not be afraid to ask for help.
More about asking for help.
There is increasing evidence of a link between what we eat and how we feel. How we feel influences what we choose to eat or drink – and a healthy diet can protect our mental health.
Look after yourself
Low self-esteem can be the root cause of some mental health problems and can cause a vicious circle. You may feel bad about yourself, so you get depressed, which makes you feel even worse. Positive thinking can improve emotional wellbeing.
Look out for others
Scientists have shown that helping other people makes us happy. In fact, research suggests that people who volunteer for causes they care about tend to be happier and healthier, and even live longer.
If you're struggling with how you feel and need to talk, there are organisations there to listen. Pick up the phone, drop them a line or visit their websites.
Where to go for help
We all have mental health
We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health, but fear of prejudice and judgement stops too many people from getting the help they need. Help us spread the word about mental health.
Find out more
Get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Or give us a call on 0207 089 5050