#IAMWHOLE

The #IAMWHOLE campaign aims to encourage young people to challenge harmful language and negative stigma surrounding mental health and encourage others to speak out and seek help.

#IAMWHOLE

The #IAMWHOLE campaign aims to encourage young people to challenge harmful language and negative stigma surrounding mental health and encourage others to speak out and seek help.

YMCA Fylde Coast is supporting the #IAMWHOLE campaign on World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2017

Mental health difficulties are costing young people their education, their employment prospects and without support, are costing them their lives. On World Mental Health Day 2016 the NHS and YMCA responded with #IAMWHOLE.

Mental health difficulties among children and young people are common, and can be both persistent and damaging.

#IAMWHOLE calls on individuals to stand together, united as a movement, against negative stereotypes and language surrounding mental health by challenging others and themselves about the words they use and learn more about the impact these stereotypes and insults can have.

The YMCA and NHS conducted research into mental health stigma and through the I AM WHOLE research they found that more than one in three young people with mental health difficulties (38%) feel stigmatised and, of those who experience stigma, 54% say it comes from their own friends. Read their research here.

You can donate by texting  ‘WHOLE’ to 70007 to donate £3 to YMCA today. Alternatively, donate online using BT MyDonate and help us to continue to deliver mental health initiatives that change young lives.

In 2016, #IAMWHOLE launched with support from the likes of Jordan Stephen (one half of UK band Rizzle Kicks), Ed Sheeran, James Cordon, Liam Gallagher and Dermot O’Leary and reached millions of people across the UK in the process.

What is stigma?

Stigma happens when people have negative beliefs, views or attitudes towards someone because they belong to a particular group.

An example of mental health stigma could be the belief that everyone who has a mental health condition is attention-seeking.

Often stigma results in people being labelled unfairly and can lead to feelings of shame, upset, anger, loneliness and distress within the group of people who are being targeted.

Stigma can be very damaging and can stop people with mental health conditions from accessing the support and help that they need.

What can I do?

Challenge harmful language- so young people can ask for help without fear of negative labels.

Ask for support if you need it- speak to friends, parents, teacher, youth works, GPs or services listed on Find Get Give.

Post a selfie with a black circle on your left palm, with the hashtag #IAMWHOLE on your social media accounts to show support for the campaign.

YMCA Fylde Coast is supporting the #IAMWHOLE campaign on World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2017

Mental health difficulties are costing young people their education, their employment prospects and without support, are costing them their lives. On World Mental Health Day 2016 the NHS and YMCA responded with #IAMWHOLE.

Mental health difficulties among children and young people are common, and can be both persistent and damaging.

#IAMWHOLE calls on individuals to stand together, united as a movement, against negative stereotypes and language surrounding mental health by challenging others and themselves about the words they use and learn more about the impact these stereotypes and insults can have.

The YMCA and NHS conducted research into mental health stigma and through the I AM WHOLE research they found that more than one in three young people with mental health difficulties (38%) feel stigmatised and, of those who experience stigma, 54% say it comes from their own friends. Read their research here.

You can donate by texting  ‘WHOLE’ to 70007 to donate £3 to YMCA today. Alternatively, donate online using BT MyDonate and help us to continue to deliver mental health initiatives that change young lives.

In 2016, #IAMWHOLE launched with support from the likes of Jordan Stephen (one half of UK band Rizzle Kicks), Ed Sheeran, James Cordon, Liam Gallagher and Dermot O’Leary and reached millions of people across the UK in the process.

What is stigma?

Stigma happens when people have negative beliefs, views or attitudes towards someone because they belong to a particular group.

An example of mental health stigma could be the belief that everyone who has a mental health condition is attention-seeking.

Often stigma results in people being labelled unfairly and can lead to feelings of shame, upset, anger, loneliness and distress within the group of people who are being targeted.

Stigma can be very damaging and can stop people with mental health conditions from accessing the support and help that they need.

What can I do?

Challenge harmful language- so young people can ask for help without fear of negative labels.

Ask for support if you need it- speak to friends, parents, teacher, youth works, GPs or services listed on Find Get Give.

Post a selfie with a black circle on your left palm, with the hashtag #IAMWHOLE on your social media accounts to show support for the campaign.

Back the campaign

Sign up to the #IAMWHOLE 2017 Thunderclap campaign that will send out a single united message speaking out against mental health stigma on World Mental Health Day – Tuesday 10 October.

Resources

Find Get Give is a mental health blogs and resources website for young people, parents and carers created by YMCA’s Right Here project in partnership with other local groups.

Your stories

YMCA believes that young people should be at the forefront of the mental health story sharing their own experiences of stigma. Read a collection of what they have told us in a series of interviews we carried out in 2016.