This World Mental Health Day Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion is saying #HelloYellow to show young people they’re not alone when it comes to their mental health.
YoungMinds, a leading children and young people’s mental health charity, is encouraging communities, schools and offices to wear something yellow this World Mental Health Day (10th October).
The charity is also hoping to inspire more than 10,000 mental health messages on the day, which will take the form of drawings, advice or inspirational quotes, and to raise thousands of pounds to support its work.
This year Elisha McCallion is joining over 1,000 schools and colleges, as well as hundreds of businesses, to raise awareness about young people’s mental health within their constituency.
Recent research shows the scale of mental health problems affecting young people. According to the Millennium Cohort Study, published in September, almost a quarter of girls and one in ten boys report symptoms of depression at the age of 14.
Elisha McCallion MP said
“At the moment three children in every classroom will be struggling with a mental health problem. I’m acutely aware what a big issue children and young people’s mental health is for them and their families, which is why I’ll be wearing yellow to support YoungMinds this World Mental Health Day”.
Diane Gault, Director of Fundraising at YoungMinds, said:
“We know that young people growing up today face a huge range of pressures. When these pressures become overwhelming, it can be an incredibly isolating experience, and the smallest gesture of support can make a huge difference.
“#HelloYellow will be a positive and fun way for people to share the message that it’s okay to reach out for help. By wearing yellow, people can show their support, and raise money at the same time.”