Thousands of people across the nation have been taking part in World Mental Health Day, pledging to show young people that they are not alone, joining a #HelloYellow campaign run by mental health charity YoungMinds.
Research by YoungMinds revealed that young people find it difficult to open up about their mental health difficulties and once they do, they have problems finding support. Research shows that 78% of youngsters have had to manage their mental health on their own when they couldn’t find any support elsewhere.
In a survey conducted by YoungMinds in 2018, 61% of young people said that they didn’t initially ask for help because they were worried what others would think.
#HelloYellow aims to spread the word that, whatever you’re going through, you can talk to someone if you’re struggling to cope. This year, the charity are launching a guide on how to be a good listener with first-hand tips and advice from young people working with the charity. The day will also raise vital funds to support YoungMinds’ work, campaigning for improvements to mental health services.
Journalist and author Cathy Newman has shown her support on Twitter by wearing a mustard-toned knitted jumper.
On #WorldMentalHealthDay2019 here’s my #HelloYellow selfie (my jumper is yellow-ish I promise!) in the sunshine in south London. @YoungMindsUK doing a fantastic job helping young people struggling with their #mentalhealth pic.twitter.com/EkaiKo49Fj
— Cathy Newman (@cathynewman) October 10, 2019
Tom Madders, Campaigns Director at YoungMinds, told Fashion North: “Young people growing up today face a huge range of pressures, including school stress, bullying and pressures around body image, as well as feeling the need to live the ‘perfect’ life, which is made more intense by the rise of social media.
“We know that many young people find it hard to open up about something that they are going through but often talking to someone they trust is the first step to getting the help they need. Each year we use #HelloYellow to spread the message that it’s okay to talk about how you’re feeling, but this year we want to go further by giving practical advice to the people around a young person on how to be a good listener.
“#HelloYellow also raises vital funds for YoungMinds’ campaigning work so that we can continue to fight for improvements in the mental health support available for young people when they do reach out.”
An array of celebrities have showed their support for World Mental Health Day on Instagram by sharing their own experiences and posting supportive messages.
Fearne Cotton shared a heartfelt statement telling people that it’s okay not to be okay.
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It’s world mental health day and although I believe it should be every day I do think there is something important about emphasising it on one single day. Maybe a chance to think about how we talk to ourselves. How those words make impact. How we talk to others and how that affects us and the people in our lives. How we communicate at work. What we believe we deserve or do not. What we actually do to preserve our energies and positive reserves without worrying what everyone will think. I’m going through an interesting phase where I’m acknowledging some truths I had been ignoring and it’s pretty liberating and perhaps a little scary. Today take a moment. Ask yourself some questions, reach out to those you know may need it and know it’s always ok to talk. Thank you to @allontheboard for including one of my quotes today!#worldsmentalhealthday
Love Island‘s Samira Mighty spoke about her own struggles with mental health issues so people know that they aren’t alone.
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To find out more about #HelloYellow and to register your school, visit www.youngminds.org.uk/helloyellow. You can also donate by visiting www.youngminds.org.uk/donate.
Great work in raising awareness.