Dig out your neon socks, custard scarf and banana hat - let's show young people they're not alone with their mental health.

 

The mental health of young people is central to our work in South Bristol. Having a range of services from clubs to mentoring to advice which are geared to foster a sense of self-worth, and in turn identify and support those that maybe struggling is key.

So, we wanted to demonstrate this publicly this year.

The Hello Yellow hashtag campaign led by the charity Young Minds

It was International Mental Health Awareness day on Saturday 10 October, and on the Friday before offices, schools and youth groups across the land were encouraged by the Young Minds charity to take part in #HelloYellow. A day where we all dressed in yellow to support young people and their mental health, and posted images on social media.

Young Minds said: “It’s simple: wear yellow, get fundraising and have fun! Dig out your neon socks, custard scarf and banana hat - let's show young people they're not alone with their mental health." 

This was the third year Youth Moves had got in involved.

Most of our workers were adorned in yellow, and we encouraged young people to take part in mental health related games. And there were some great outfits, as you can see.

Staff and young people support the YoungMinds mental health day

Our social media platforms were changed to yellow for the day in solidarity, and all in all it was a fun day. Youth Moves worker Jim said: “It was good, we all wore yellow to show our support, and did one of the online quizzes that Young Minds have. We then chatted about what resources were available, where young people can access further mental health support if they need. Used it as a springboard really."

The day of course had a powerful message behind it. With lockdown, times have been particularly hard for young people of late and there has been a reported increase in mental health issues, much of which is yet to be really identified and measured. Young Minds said: “Lockdown is having a devastating effect on children and young people’s mental health. It’s been unbelievably hard, but together, we can make a difference and show young people they are not alone.”

This was echoed by youth worker Jim. He said: "This is the third year we have done this, and this year with everything going on it felt more important than ever to do. A good time to remind young people this is a safe place to come, a place where they can talk openly and honestly, and where we can sign post them for more specialist help.

The whole thing was a real reminder to us all," he added.

To find out more about the Hello Yellow campaign and Young Minds click here