If you don't feel like wearing green today, you could instead wear yellow to support Young Mind's #HelloYellow campaign for this #WorldMentalHealthDay.
Thousands of schools, offices and communities across the UK will be taking part in the campaign to to support the work of Young Minds.
According to the latest NHS figures, nearly half a million young people are being referred for mental health problems every month, with many not being able to get the support they need. Waiting lists are getting longer and young people are being made to feel like their feelings don't matter. Like they don't matter.
This needs to change. With your support, it can.
So dig out your neon socks, custard scarf and banana hat and show young people that how they feel matters. To take part, simply wear yellow, donate what you can and share on social media. Don't forget to use #HelloYellow, and tag @YoungMindsUK on Twitter or Instagram.
Of course #HelloYellow isn't the only campaign that is running today:
- Mind is marking WMHD with 'If this speaks to you, speak to us' campaign using spoken word to show the different ways people talk about their experiences and to encourage people to talk about mental health.
- Every Mind Matters aims to provide practical advice on managing mental wellbeing through self-care actions such as breathing exercises to show how simple self-care can be. New NHS-approved videos that are based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) presented in easy, bite-sized tips to help people deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better, and feel more in control are available on the Every Mind Matters website: 'Every Mind Matters' to provide practical advice on managing mental wellbeing through self-care actions such as breathing exercises to show how simple self-care can be.
- Mental Health UK: 'Looking after Number 1' campaign is encouraging people to start doing, stop doing or change something that will support their mental health by focusing on this important question: 'What can you do to make mental health your Number 1 priority?'
There’s also an activity resource which is a commitment to do something for yourself and/or others; this could be a simple as connecting with others member of staff to have a coffee and a chat.
Finally, here is a link to a poster which is a conversation starter guide to help you or other open up about Mental Health.