Through the Theatre of Minds project, we are trying to raise money for the charity Young Minds. Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They work to support the families of those affected and aim to improve the emotional resilience of children and young people across the UK.
The piece that we want to create through this project, will help to raise awareness of the issues tackled by Young Minds as well as raising funds to support their cause. Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder, meaning that we are all affected by the issue whether this is directly or through the people around us. As our family has been affected recently, the message that Young Minds share is very important to us, and we want to do what we can to spread that message to our community.
Young Minds believe that helping parents and carers understand their child’s behaviour is crucial to improving the emotional well-being of that child. They provide a free parents helpline as a lifeline for thousands of parents who are concerned about their child’s welfare. Calls are received by trained, friendly advisors who will be able to put parents in contact with their local services and provide them with the support that they need to in turn support the young person in their care.
One in fifteen children and young people deliberately self-harm and one in four young people in the UK experience suicidal thoughts, so although people may feel alone at the time, so many people around them will also have been affected by similar behaviours. Young Minds have been campaigning to raise awareness in order to help young people for 21 years, and are always trying to make information and support more accessible.
The work that this charity is doing helps not only the people directly affected by mental health disorders, but also those wanting to give support around them. They want to educate more people so that the stigma surrounding these conditions is lessened and people who need help can access it. However, the work can only continue with the help of donations and funding from communities like us. Getting involved in our fundraising project could help people around you that you aren’t even aware are suffering.
Lots more information about Young Minds can be found on their website http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ We hope that you will come and help us raise some money and awareness for this cause to help those who suffer in silence.