World Mental Health Day - fundraise for YoungMinds
How are you planning to celebrate World Mental Health Day this year? Have you thought about fundraising for YoungMinds?
It is the 20th anniversary of World Mental Health Day on 10 October and YoungMinds wants to know what you are doing in your different areas to celebrate.
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues and aims to promote a discussion around the issues including investment in prevention, promotion and treatment services. This year the theme for the day is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.
If you haven’t made plans already, here is an A-Z guide of ideas for fundraising. You could hold your own event and raise money for YoungMinds, the only national charity dedicated to children and young people’s mental health.
A – Abseil – for the brave thrill seekers, scale a building to raise funds.
B – Bike ride – follow Wiggins and participate in a sponsored cycle ride.
C – Car boot sale – have a clear out and cash in on your old unwanted things.
D – Dress Down Day – dress casually for work and have a whip round.
E – Eliminate technology – get sponsored to give up your phone/Facebook/laptop for a week – a real challenge!!
F – Fashion show - hold a fashion show at school/college or university and get people to buy tickets.
G – Gala dinner -organise a gala dinner – get glammed up and raise money at the same time.
H – Hair Away – have your hair/beard shaved off to raise money for charity.
I – Ironing Service – get your mates and family to pay you for ironing their clothes and donate the proceeds.
J – Jewellery making – get together with friends to make jewellery then sell it off and donate a percentage to charity.
K – Karaoke night – organise a fun night out and sell tickets to raise money.
L – Learn something new – take on a new challenge and get sponsored for your efforts.
M – Musical – put on a musical at school/college/university/work and sell tickets to raise cash.
N – No chocolate! – Give up something you love for a month.
O – Oscar night – organise an awards night at school/college/uni with amusing awards for a fun night that can raise cash.
P – Picnic in the Park – it could be a little cool in October but organise a picnic where people pay to enter and take part – and wrap up!
Q – Quiz night – Get your local pub or community hall to host a quiz night and donate proceeds to charity.
R – Run for YoungMinds – check out races in your local area that you can participate in and get sponsored for.
S – Sponsored silence – Get sponsored for keeping quiet for the afternoon.
T – Text book sale – flog your old books and donate any proceeds.
U – University challenge – organise your own take on the tv show and sell tickets.
V – Valet service – offer to clean cars for cash on 10 October.
W – Work – get your company to have a charity day and decide on your theme eg dress down and pay a fiver to come to work in your comfy clothes.
X – X Factor competition – hold your own X Factor night with your mates, everyone pays a couple of pounds to compete.
Y – YoungMinds Day – hold a charity day in your school/university/work place.
Z – Zumba – Dance the afternoon away and get sponsored for your efforts.
Where your money will go?
Your fundraising will contribute directly to YoungMinds’ vital services for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals. For example, every
£10 can help pay for young volunteers working locally to reduce the stigma of ill mental health
£25 can help a distressed parent who rings our Parents’ Helpline
£50 can support YoungMinds’ mental health training for teachers and healthcare professionals
£100 can support young people who have suffered from mental illness to help other young people suffering from ill mental health
Get in touch if you fancy celebrating World Mental Health Day on 10 October by raising money for YoungMinds.
For more information and more ideas on how to raise money visit our website.
Download a fundraising pack here.
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