Blue sky with text reading 'Out In The Open'

Out In The Open

Out In The Open 2023 was a huge success. Thousands of our supporters took on 310k steps in 31 days and helped us raise awareness and vital funds for young people's mental health.

What is #OutInTheOpen?

The first year of #OutInTheOpen took place from 1 May – 31 May.

Over 3,000 of our supporters signed up for the challenge and stepped their way through May, completing a staggering 310k steps in 31 days. Others adapted the challenge to suit their needs; whether they cycled, swam or did something challenging every day.

We had a wonderful community of participants in a closed Facebook community group. Here, our supporters posted their photos and brought conversations about young people’s mental health out in the open.

We are so grateful to everyone who took part in the very first #OutInTheOpen. Thank you.

If you’d like to take part in next year’s #OutInTheOpen, sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about it.

Subscribe to our mailing list
A person in a YoungMinds t-shirt looking out over a field.

The grand total for #OutInTheOpen 2023 was an incredible £166,003!

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the challenge and helped us raise vital funds for young people's mental health.

Paying in your donations

There are a number of ways you can pay in your donations from the challenge. Please make sure to reference your donation and get in touch so that we are able to thank you for your wonderful efforts!

#OutInTheOpen JustGiving page

If you'd like to make a donation for #OutInTheOpen, you can donate directly to our JustGiving page.

By post

Please make any cheques payable to ‘YoungMinds’ and send to us at: Fundraising, YoungMinds, 4th Floor India House, 45 Curlew St, London, SE1 2ND. Please note, we are unable to accept any cash donations sent by post.

By bank transfer

Please provide your name and email address on this form to access our bank account details. This allows us to identify your gift when it arrives in our account so we can confirm receipt of your donation and say thank you. If you add your name as a reference on the transfer, even better!

By credit/debit card

Call us on 020 7089 5050 or donate any funds raised securely online through our donate page.

A supporter dressed as Spiderman while wearing their YoungMinds t-shirt on a walk.

A photo collage a supporter put together, featuring pictures of herself and sites on her walk.

A photo of a couple wearing their YoungMinds t-shirts, with the name 'Jade' printed on the back.

How does the challenge work?

#OutInTheOpen officially launched in May 2023.

Every spring, we challenge our supporters to get out in the open to raise awareness for young people's mental health.

Check back here next spring to get involved with a new challenge!

How can I register for #OutInTheOpen 2024?

Registration is currently closed.

However, if you’d like to take part in next year’s #OutInTheOpen, you can sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about it.

#OutInTheOpen FAQs

You should only take part in the challenge if it feels right for you. If doing an exercise challenge could trigger you or affect your mental health for the worse, please put your mental health first and don’t take part. There are plenty of other ways you can get involved, whether that’s donating to another person’s fundraiser or sharing our website with your friends and family.

If you’re struggling with an eating or exercise problem, or you think you might be, please know that support is available. For help and advice, take a look at our guide to eating problems for young people.

A first step could be visiting your GP to explore what support is available to you. You can find your nearest eating disorder service on the NHS website. You may also find it helpful to contact BEAT, who specialise in providing advice around eating problems and disorders.

Alternatively, if you are a parent worried about your child's eating, take a look at our parents' guide to eating problems.

Yes, absolutely. Thank you for wanting to make a difference! You're welcome to make a donation.

Please include '310k steps in May' in the message box if you're donating for the most recent #OutInTheOpen challenge. That way we can add it into our overall total.

Thank you so much for your support.

That's okay! The only thing that matters is that you challenge yourself. However much you achieve, we're so grateful for your support and for raising much needed funds for young people's mental health.

Absolutely! It's your personal challenge and we encourage everyone to adapt it to suit their needs and goals. whatever the challenge, make it work for you.

If you don't reach the fundraising target that's no problem. Every penny counts and will help young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.