This October, to coincide with World Mental Health Day (Monday 10th October), we are raising awareness for children and young people’s mental health through our new #HelloYellow campaign.
Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression and on average, three children in every classroom in the UK have a diagnosable mental health disorder. We want to put a spotlight on young people’s mental health and get everyone joining in on the conversation.
So join us on World Mental Health Day by wearing something yellow and donating £1 to YoungMinds. It could be a tie, t-shirt or even lipstick - if you’re feeling daring. Take a photo of you and your mates wearing yellow, tag @YoungMindsUK and share our #HelloYellow tips for looking after your mental health.
Whether you are a school, individual, group of friends or a company, you can get involved by downloading our free poster, donating to YoungMinds and saying #HelloYellow to get people talking about mental health.
To find out more about how you can take part, please get in touch by calling on 0207 089 5050 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are not alone - Ask for help
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.
Eat well - How food affects your mood
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 - Boost your self-esteem
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 - Do good to feel good
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 - Don’t suffer in silence
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.
We all have mental health - Spread the word
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.