Mental health is an issue that affects 1 in 4 people in the UK. This means most people will come into contact with someone suffering from mental health issues at some point in their life.
If you are looking to make a social impact through your small business then donating to a mental health charity will make a difference.
Although the need for mental health services is at a peak, NHS mental health resources are stretched. Recent research from the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that a quarter of people wait three months or more for mental health help, rising to two years for people with severe mental health problems.
Mental health charities in the UK help to ease the burden that public services often struggle to meet.
Charities offer vital support across the UK, including advice and resources to those in need. Whether it’s through counselling, education or campaigning to change policies these charities are crucial to the health of children and adults throughout the UK.
But, without the support of others, the work of these charities would not be possible.
At Work For Good, we help small businesses support the causes that truly matter to them, their teams, and their customers by making it simple and sustainable to donate through sales.
In this blog we've highlighted just nine mental health charities your business can donate to or fundraise for TODAY.
The Mental Health Foundation's vision is ‘good mental health for all'. Prevention is at the core of what they do and their mission is to ‘help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health’.
They use informed research and practical study, to inform policy-makers, as well as campaign for change to address the underlying causes of poor mental health and propose solutions.
The charity works on a variety of innovative community and peer programmes for all age groups including children and young people, such as the MHF Young Leaders and Leaders Unlocked.
Public engagement is key to the work they do and Mental Health Foundation is well known for founding #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, which takes place in May every year.
PANDAS Foundation offers pre and postnatal depression advice and support services to any parent or carer experiencing a perinatal mental illness.
Post-natal depression (PND) is a common perinatal mental affecting many parents who have had a baby from birth up to around 3 years old.
- Annie Belasco, head of PANDAS. (Resource: Interview in Glamour Magazine)
Families affected by pre and postnatal mental health illnesses can feel isolated and fear the stigma they will face. PANDAS Foundation offers a range of support services including a helpline that is open from 11am - 10pm and is manned by trained volunteers to offer help & support.
They also offer separate support for dads, and campaign to raise awareness and break down the stigma around pre and postnatal mental health illnesses.
Place2Be is a charity dedicated to improving children’s mental health by providing counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools.
A pioneer in early intervention, for over 25 years Place2Be has delivered one-on-one and group counselling to help children cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues.
They also provide training to teachers and staff.
Place2Be founded Children’s Mental Health Week, which takes place in February every year, with the aim of shining a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity.
Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. Someone develops it every three minutes and there’s currently no cure. Dementia affects both the physical and mental health of a person and can lead to depression, anxiety and apathy.
Caring for a person with dementia can also have a big impact on a person's mental and physical health and overall wellbeing.
Alzheimer’s Society provides support, information and advice to carers to help them cope with the challenges they face and improve their own health.
They campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today.
YoungMinds is a national charity committed to supporting children and young people, up to 25 years old, at risk of and experiencing difficulties with mental and emotional health.
Whilst 94% of people think that mental health is just as important as physical health, only 9% of young people with mental health problems find it easy to get support.
(Source YoungMinds via Work for Good)
When children and young people take the brave step to reach out for mental health support, it is often hard to find.
YoungMinds are on a mission to change this, and work to make sure all children and young people get the best possible mental health support they need.
The charity offers advice, training, as well as crucial support for parents who may be worried about a child or young person’s behaviour or mental health. They also run a text service (YoungMinds Crisis Messenger) for young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Samaritans works across the UK and Ireland providing emotional support to anyone who’s struggling to cope. They ensure there is someone available to talk to 24 hours day, for anyone who is going through a difficult time. By phone, text and in person in branches across the UK, the Samaritans are available to help.
Samaritans' goal is to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.
Every 90 minutes someone in the UK or Ireland dies by suicide. Tragically, suicide remains the biggest killer of men under 50 and young people aged 16 to 2. Research also shows that those living in more deprived areas are at increased risk.
Samaritans work tirelessly to reach more people and push for changes in government policy that can save lives.
The Laura Hyde Foundation objective is to ensure that all medical and emergency services personnel who are ‘regularly exposed to stress and trauma as part of their everyday role’ have access to the best mental health support network available. This includes NHS nurses, doctors, care workers, firefighters to police officers.
The charity was set up in 2017 in memory of Laura Hyde, a nurse who took her own life.
Spearheaded by her cousin Liam Barnes, the charity's goal is to implement a number of initiatives to bring about a needed improvement to mental health attitudes and support to ensure the UK’s frontline and healthcare workers are properly cared for.
Veterans' Growth is a charity dedicated to helping ex-service personnel (men and women 18+) who are suffering from mental health issues. The charity, set up by Jason Stevens a former Army veteran, provides support through horticultural therapy.
1 in 5 ex-service personnel experience mental health problems
(Source: Veterans Growth website)
In 2016 Jason suffered from a bilateral stroke and was discharged from the army. He was also diagnosed with PTSD. When he was in rehabilitation he found that gardening was the only thing that had any impact on his mental wellness.
The physical and mental health benefits of horticulture have been widely reported and participants in the charity's programmes gain confidence, knowledge and experience and some will go on to find work experience and employment within the industry.
Grief Encounter is a childhood bereavement charity, supporting children, young people and their families following the death of a parent or sibling.
Every 22 minutes in the UK a child suffers the death of a parent.
(source: Grief Encounter)
Bereavement for a child is truly unimaginable and brings up devastating and confusing emotions. Grief Encounter works to offer the means to navigate the trauma of grief.
Over the last 13 years, Grief Encounter, has established a pioneering ‘Family Programme’ which includes one-to-one counselling, workshops, specialist resources, a bespoke ‘Grief Relief Kit’, residential camps and ‘Family Fun’ days.
Although they predominantly work in London, Bristol and Essex, they now offer support to some 400 bereaved children and young people monthly. They also provide a national reach through their helpline ‘grieftalk’.
Children’s Grief Awareness Week (CGAW), which runs every November, was founded by Grief Encounter to raise awareness of bereaved children and young people in the UK.
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