We raised awareness of young people's mental health by wearing yellow on World Mental Health Day 2016

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

Our campaign

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.

Eat well

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.

Boost your self-esteem

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.

Open up

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.

How to get involved.

Find out more

Get in touch with us by emailing fundraising@youngminds.org.uk

Or give us a call on 0207 089 5050

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