Take a WHOLE hour for yourself!

October 1, 2019

This World Mental Health Day, we want people to take a WHOLE HOUR for themselves on the 10 October 2019, as YMCA and #IAMWHOLE have launched a movement that encourages people to take an hour out of their day to do something to support their mental wellbeing. 



Make your pledge today!

Mental health difficulties among children and young people are common and can be both persistent and damaging. They are costing young people their education, their employment prospects and without support, are costing them their lives. The NHS and YMCA responded with #IAMWHOLE.

#IAMWHOLE is a mental health campaign developed in partnership with the NHS and YMCA, the world’s largest youth charity, and was launched in 2016 by Jordan Stephens, one half of the UK music duo, Rizzle Kicks. Each year an estimate 20% of children and young people worldwide experience mental health difficulties

#IAMWHOLE calls on individuals to stand together, united as a movement, against negative stereotypes and language surrounding mental health by challenging harmful language and negative stigma surrounding mental health and encourage others to speak out and seek help.

YMCA Humber CEO Debbie Cook said: “This World Mental Health Day, on 10th October 2019, we want people to take a WHOLE HOUR for themselves. The campaign originally launched on the 10th of October 2016 with an aim to tackle stigma and encourage people to talk openly about mental health. It now has a significant celebrity endorsement and has developed a range of resources to help start conversations and encourage participation”!

There are a variety of things you can do to make you feel good; whether it is doing something active and healthy, creative and fun, mindful and thoughtful, or restful and relaxing.

You could involve the people around you [friends, teachers, colleagues, managers, family] to come up with some ideas for the #wholehour? The idea is to create space and time to do something that promotes emotional wellbeing with and for the people around you. We’ve come up with some ideas to get you started. You can find practical factsheets for schools, workplaces plus individuals at www.whole.org.uk/resources/

Key activities for you to engage are:
1. Chat with your friends, family, colleagues and organise what you want you do for your #WHOLEHOUR challenge. Pledge a #WHOLE HOUR here www.whole.org.uk/whole-hour/

2. On October 10th take a #WHOLEHOUR and complete your challenge!

3. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging us on social media and using the hashtags:
#ymcahumber         #IAMWHOLE             #mentalwellbeing

You can access information and resources online, there are a number of useful websites available.
www.time-to-change.org.uk/youngpeople is a great no-nonsense website where you’ll find loads of support (UK).
www.youngminds.org.uk is a charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people and you’ll find lots of information, advice and true stories (UK).
ie.reachout.com is an online youth mental health service that helps young people through tough times (ROI).
www.thecalmzone.net, a.k.a. The Campaign Against Living Miserably, is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. CALM’s free, anonymous and confidential helpline and webchat are open every day, 5pm-midnight. Visit www.thecalmzone.net for information, advice and inspiring stories

Here at YMCA Humber we also offer the AT ONE project. If you or someone you know is aged between 16 and 35 years of age, residing in North East Lincolnshire, who are in need of support to increase confidence, and/or tackle anxiety, or low mood, please get in touch.

For more information or to make a referral to the project please contact the At One team by telephone
T. (01472) 359 621
Or complete the referral form online at www.ymca-humber.com/at-one/