• Asher Simpson

Our charity partners #1 - Mind, the mental health charity

Over the next few weeks we want to explain why we have chosen to donate our profit to five charities, what these charities stand for and why we have chosen them over all of the others.

In this, the first blog, we want to introduce Mind, the mental health charity who do amazing work throughout England and Wales, and with sister charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland supporting people with mental health problems, lobbying government for a better deal for those who live with mental health problems and raising awareness – so that friends and family understand what it means to have poor mental health and how to support their loved ones when they need it.

If you or someone you know could benefit from Mind's services, you can explore their extensive range of resources her: www.mind.org.uk

We have chosen Mind because mental health problems are one of the biggest problems facing our generation. More young people die by suicide every year than any physical illness, and 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem every year. This could be an acute illness such as chronic depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or schizophrenia, or work-related stress, anxiety or anorexia.

Furthermore, people are much more likely to reach out and help, and to more easily understand if you have a physical health problem than if you suffer from one of these mental health problems. Thanks to the excellent work of charities like Mind, and the wider network Heads Together which is led by the Royals, William, Kate and Harry, the tide of opinion is changing for mental health, and people feel much more comfortable talking about their experiences.

There are many groups of people however, who still find it very difficult to discuss mental health problems. South-East Asian Women, Black African Minority Ethnic groups, in male-dominated fields such as construction – where you are six times more likely to die by suicide than by a fall from height – and financial services and is especially prevalent in young women, especially where self-image, self-harm, eating disorders and anxiety are concerned.

Mind, provides direct support to those groups, and anybody else who needs it, through a network of 145 local branches, and through their national helpline. They help people to find the words they need in order to access support from their GP, and ensure that people living with mental health problems have proper housing, financial advice and a peer support network.

Whilst understanding of mental health problems is increasing, so does the amount of people who come forward and ask for help, and we need to make sure that there is someone on the end of the phone when they call. For every £7.50 we can raise for Mind, one person will be able to pick up the phone and get the help they need.

So that’s why we have chosen Mind as one of our five charities, because they are effectively supporting thousands of people every year when they need it most.

If you want to learn more about Mind, you can check out their website at www.mind.org.uk

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