Breaking a World Record to shine a light on young people’s mental health
We are officially Guinness World Record holders! To shine a light on young people’s mental health, we have broken the world record for the largest ever ultraviolet painting. Artist Livi Gosling worked with our Activists to create an image showing that mental health is something that can be positive or negative; it changes over time, and is something we need to look after. Together they created the design of a tree growing inside the outline of a head.
Livi Gosling says, “I wanted to represent that just like a tree, mental health is some that needs to be nourished so that it can be healthy and blossom.” After 10 hours of painting in Arena MK, 80 litres of UV paint and a canvas measuring over 450 square metres, the UV lights were turned on to reveal the painting! We hope that by breaking this world record, we can shine a light on the need for greater support for young people’s mental health.
Our Open Letter To Ofsted
Last week, we handed in our open letter to Ofsted – which 22,000 of you signed – asking them to prioritise the wellbeing of students in their inspection framework. After handing in the letter, our Activists also showed the Head of Policy at Ofsted the illustration of ‘What a perfect school would look like’ from our Wise Up and Doodle event.
> See The Illustration
A new era for young people’s mental health
Over 12,000 of you have signed our petition calling for a new era for young people’s mental health. Right now, the NHS is putting together a Long Term Plan which will decide where to invest more money over the next decade. Don’t miss this opportunity to shape children’s mental health services.
Sign The Petition
YoungMinds Christmas Cards
For the first time, we have our very own YoungMinds Christmas cards! Designed by our Activists, these Christmas cards come with heartfelt messages for those who might be facing a difficult Christmas this year.
Buy A Pack Of Cards
Seni’s Law has passed!
Last week, the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill, also known as Seni’s Law, was made a law. It will transform the lives of patients in inpatient care, bringing in protections from harmful restraint, as well as improving training for staff in de-escalation techniques. Thank you to everyone who campaigned with us!
- Children’s Mental Health Funding: Where Is It Going? A series of Freedom of Information requests show where the extra £1.4 billion committed to CAMHS has been going.
- Outstanding Schools Should Have Wellbeing At Their Heart Many schools are doing excellent work on wellbeing but when Ofsted come to visit, that work isn’t well recognised. We’re calling on Ofsted to make wellbeing and mental health a priority in schools.
- The Day I Spoke To The Prime Minister About Mental Health On World Mental Health Day, Activists Imogen and Jacob were invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street, to meet the Prime Minister and discuss mental health.
- How You Can Help Someone Having A Panic Attack Your first panic attack can be a scary experience, but there are things you can do to manage them. Beth gives her advice on how you can help someone having a panic attack.
The Latest from the Parents Lounge:
How To Support Your Child With A Phobia
Our next session of the Parents Lounge will be on the topic of Suicide Risk, on Wednesday 21 November, 1:30pm live on our Facebook page. Please be aware content may be triggering.
Also this month…
- We are currently recruiting for a Business Development Officer, to generate income from across a range of sources including statutory, commercial and grant-making trusts. Apply here before Monday 3 December.
- Book onto one of the last remaining spaces for our Technology, Teens and Mental Health course on 20 November, and our Resilience training on 29 November. Both courses will be held in our London office.
At YoungMinds, we’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.