25 May

YoungMinds Newsletter – May 2023

As usual we have lots of exciting updates for you this month! It shouldn’t take more than 4 minutes to enjoy all this month’s stories.

Success for Team YoungMinds at the 2023 London Marathon

On Sunday 23rd April a team of almost 40 runners took on the momentous challenge of running the TCS London Marathon for YoungMinds. Each member of the team came to the day with varying levels of running experience and a unique, inspiring story for why they decided to join the iconic race. From running in memory of a loved one to honouring personal struggles with mental health.

YoungMinds staff travelled to Mile 17 of the racecourse where they set up a cheer station for the day. Braving the rain with yellow and pink ponchos, they cheered on every single member of the team with pride. Our incredible #TeamYM have raised an astounding £50,544 so far – and counting! A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who took part and supported our runners in any way. We couldn’t do this without you!

Young Activist Ben running for #TeamYM

Our cheer station at Mile 17

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Supporting young people during exam season
The next month is going to be a stressful time for young people sitting exams – and for the adults supporting them. It’s normal for young people to feel stressed or anxious about exams. However, if you notice significant changes to their mood, behaviour, eating or sleeping patterns that don’t go away after a few weeks, this may be a sign that their exam stress has started to negatively impact their mental health. Click here for advice on when the right time to step in is, and how have a conversation about how they are feeling. You may also find these resources useful…

Parent and carers guide to exam time

Mental health resources and advice for those working with young people

Out In The Open is HERE!
Our new fundraising campaign, Out In The Open, officially started this week! We’re so excited to see how each of our incredible fundraisers is going to achieve 310,000 steps during the 31 days of May. By taking part in this event, our supporters are helping to bring conversations about young people’s mental health #OutInTheOpen. This support couldn’t come at a better time. With mental health referrals and waiting times soaring, young people need our support more than ever. There’s still time to join us. Sign-ups close THIS SUNDAY May 7th – don’t miss out!

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Activists update our depression webguide
Young people are at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we brought together a group of our Activists with lived experience of depression to update and improve our young people’s guide to coping with depression. The group volunteered their time to help us make sure that the new guide speaks to the different experiences of depression that young people might be facing.

Read the guide


📰 Mental health in the media 📰

Prescribed time in nature linked to improvements in anxiety, depression and blood pressure
The Guardian, Donna Lu, 03/04/23 
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Shocking data shows LGBTQ+ young adults ‘earn thousands less than their straight peers’
Metro, Josh Milton, 12/04/23 
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‘Buckling’ NHS fails to treat 250,000 children with mental health problems
The Guardian, Rachel Hall, 16/04/23 
Contains a statement from YoungMinds’ Head of External Affairs, Olly Parker. 
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Yoga classes on The O2 roof to mark Mental Health Awareness Week
London Post, Not attributed, 18/04/23 
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There is a crisis in young people’s mental health and we must end the wait
The House, Tom Madders, 27/04/23 
Op-ed by YoungMinds’ Director of Communications and Campaigns, Tom Madders. 
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✍️ New on the blog this month ✍️

What social anxiety feels like for me (Taryn, 17)
Read Taryn’s blog >

Four tips if you can’t sleep because of academic stress (Niamh, 21)
Read Niamh’s blog >

What I wish people knew about schizophrenia (Jess, 23)
Read Jess’s blog >

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Better your understanding of mental health with one of our online courses

We’ve got lots of great training courses to choose from, all delivered by our friendly YoungMinds trainers. With Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 coming up, with a focus on anxiety, why not book on to our ‘Responding to anxiety in children and young people‘ training course on June 29th? This online course will help you explore different types of anxiety and recognise useful responses to support other young people coping with anxiety.

Book your spot >
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At YoungMinds, we’re leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Team YM 

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