With Children’s Day fast approaching (November 20th), a frequently discussed topic is children’s mental health. Following the impact of the pandemic, which in July 2020 estimated an estimated 1 in 6 children between the ages of five and fifteen were identified with possible mental health problems, understanding children’s mental health is now more important than ever. One of the organizations working on this cause is a charity called YoungMinds.
The charity was founded in 1993 by children’s mental health professionals to create a future where the mental health of all young people is valued and protected. Her goal is to create a world where people can access help quickly and without shame when they need it.
Be it through their ambassadors like popular YouTuber Dan Howell or actress Ella Purnell, through fundraisers like their #HelloYellow campaign where schools and offices across the UK wore yellow to raise money, or by posting real people’s stories , to give them insight or hope who needs it. This year, YoungMinds is focusing on the You Matter strategy, which addresses the issues with the current availability of help for young people and creates safe spaces for them to speak and get help that they may not have had access to before. Ash Harker, a 16-year-old student, said: “YoungMinds has reassured me that I am never alone when it comes to mental health. I found the resources on their website enlightening and reassuring.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23108267.youngminds-challenging-childrens-mental-health—dorothy-okoh-christs-hospital/?ref=rss YoungMinds: Challenging Children’s Mental Health – Dorothy Okoh (Christ’s Hospital)