Supporting young people's mental health
We have launched a fundraising appeal to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people.
We are striving to help more children and young people in Norfolk and Suffolk to improve their mental health and overcome their challenges around confidence, self-esteem following Covid, and have launched our Summer of Hope appeal to raise vital funds to create stronger, empowered individuals who finally feel supported to cope with their unique challenges.
Recent research by Young Minds revealed that 67% of young people they surveyed in January 2021 believe that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health. (Source: youngminds.org.uk)
We are now calling for individuals, local businesses, and community groups to get involved to raise much needed funds to enable more young people improve their mental health, build their self-esteem and overcome challenges around gaining employment and training so they can finally feel hopeful of a brighter future.
Jordan, aged 21 is one of the people who has benefitted from the charity’s support. Resident at one of our local accommodation centres, Jordan is no stranger to challenges with his mental health and credits the charity with helping him to gain strength, build his self-esteem and independence:
“Mental Health is like a pitch-black room where the light doesn’t work.” Jordan explains. “You just have a torch but keeping it on all day, every day is tiring. Nobody can hold that torch for 24 hours a day – you get exhausted. You need somebody to help you fix the light.”
Jordan continues: “I can credit a lot of my confidence and independence to them [The Benjamin Foundation]. I know it’s in you all along – you just need the circumstances to unlock it and it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t come here.”
Communications Coordinator Rachel Hogg says: “Covid has had a huge impact on the mental health of so many people. Our Summer of Hope appeal aims to support more local young people like Jordan to overcome challenges with their emotional wellbeing, build their confidence and resilience to better cope with the ups and downs of life.”
Summer of Hope Headline Sponsors are Clapham & Collinge LLP. Associate and Marketing Manager, Louis Hilldrup-Boorman says: ‘‘With the majority of young people having to make significant adjustments to their lives, it’s not surprising that the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions are having a profound negative effect on many young people’s mental health. The Clapham & Collinge team is incredibly proud to sponsor The Benjamin Foundation’s Summer of Hope Appeal. We take corporate social responsibility very seriously and we feel it is our duty to support this campaign and help young people in our region to improve their mental health and build resilience when faced with life’s challenges.’’
Rachel Hogg adds: “We are now calling on local people to support the Summer of Hope appeal. There are lots of ways individuals, groups, schools and businesses can support us, including a Sit Up challenge, wearing ‘Hats for Hope’ or simply by making a donation to help children and young people in Norfolk and Suffolk to finally feel hopeful of a brighter future.”
With services which include preventing youth homelessness, providing positive activities for young people with unique challenges, such as young carers, and emotional wellbeing support, we have been supporting local children and young people for over 25 years and now help in the region of 2,000 people every year across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Make a donation to the Summer of Hope appeal Sign up for The Benjamin Foundation Sit Up 67 challenge here