Founded in 1993, YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the mental health of children and young people. They provide vital services and support to those who need it most and campaign tirelessly to raise awareness and break down the stigma that still surrounds mental illness. Forget Spiderman. These are the modern heroes we truly need!
Fighting the good fight
The Mental Health Foundation recently wrapped up its annual Mental Health Week with YoungMinds at the forefront, using the platform to shine a light on the issues that matter most to young people. This year's theme was loneliness. Although loneliness can affect anyone at any age, it can be particularly tough for younger people.
Michelle Kerrigan, YoungMinds' Head of Relationship Development, states that while “feeling lonely isn’t itself a mental health problem... it can have a negative impact on mental health. Young people who are struggling with their mental health also often feel isolated or alone."
Understanding and overcoming loneliness
Along with unpacking what loneliness is and exploring the milestone moments that may trigger it, YoungMinds continues to work with young people to help them understand the daily things they can do to stop feeling lonely. A few of their suggestions include embracing self-care, expressing bottled-up feelings and encouraging young people to follow their passions.
However, the most important step is to ask for help. “If you are feeling lonely, or struggling with your mental health, it’s important to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, whether that’s a friend, partner, or health professional,” advises Michelle. Furthermore, she states that even though we, as a society, are becoming much better at talking about our mental health, it is still far too difficult for young people struggling with mental health to find the support they need.
Due to this pressing need for help, Storage King is proud to sponsor YoungMinds as they continue to offer vital services and support to young people struggling when they need it most, including a free helpline, online resources and one-to-one support. Modern-day heroes, indeed.
If you want to learn more about handling loneliness, you can read about it here. And if you would like to help support YoungMinds or need someone to talk to, please visit their website – they are here for you.