YAY! Supporting Mental Health
At YAY! Vegan, we believe that mental health is one of the biggest threats to health and happiness in all of us. The mental health charity Mind reports that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health issues each year.
Mental health illnesses like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are prevalent and do not discriminate between gender, age or sexuality! Anyone can face mental health issues at any time.
According to research by the NHS, mental illnesses are the 2nd most burdensome type of illness facing the NHS in the UK and can be triggered by a range of issues. Relationship breakdown, financial problems and anxiety over gender/sexual identity are just a few of the reasons people could start to suffer from poor mental health.
Mental health in young people in the UK is in steady decline. According to the NHS, more than 1 in 10 under 20 year olds meet clinical criteria to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The majority of those young people are not given sufficient intervention to help them through their difficult times. It is often difficult for young people to talk to their parents about their thoughts and feelings.
This is where incredible charities like YoungMinds come in! YoungMinds support young people and their parents by giving advice and guidance on how to work through mental health issues.
Their mission is "...to make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life's challenges". Their website (youngminds.org.uk) has an enormous amount of resources and is visited by almost 1.5 million people every year. They also provide a crisis line for young people in distress as well as a parent's helpline for parents who are worried about their children.
At YAY! Vegan, we really value the incredible work YoungMinds does to support mental health in young people. We are so happy to support them by donating 10% of our annual profits for 2020/2021 to their cause.