This #InspirationMonday we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of highlighting just one project, we’re highlighting several to honour Mental Health Awareness Week and our new campaign!
It’s no secret that the pandemic has thrown the UK into a mental health crisis. With multiple lockdowns, social distancing measures, and the uncertainty of the future, the wellbeing of the population has been tested more than any other time in recent history.
Statistics show that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) have said their mental health got worse during lockdown, making 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Week more important than ever.
Here at Crowdfunder, mental health and wellbeing is, and always will be, an important topic. Earlier this year we launched our #MentalHealthMatters campaign to shine a spotlight on this widespread issue and champion charities and organisations making a difference to people across the UK. In fact, just last month several members of the Crowdfunder Team took part in a Mental Health First Aid course to better their understanding of the subject. It was both an important and eye opening experience for everyone involved and our Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee is constantly coming up with new initiatives to keep morale high while working from home.
As part of our #MentalHealthMatters campaign, we’ve got some incredible projects looking for donations to help them support their community. We’ve included a handful below!
Suffolk Mind’s Sammy the Sea Squirt Storybook
Suffolk Mind’s Head of Education, Ezra Hewing, has written a fun and psychologically informed storybook, showing the benefits of exercise on mental health. It follows Sammy the Sea Squirt who teaches children the importance of being active while equipping parents and carers with ways to encourage their children to make positive changes to their lifestyle.
Now Suffolk Mind are looking to raise £40,000 to get the book into the hands of every Reception aged child in the county! They’ve got some great rewards too, including a movement and memory game for children, inspired by Sammy’s adventures.
Tidal Change Mind
By working with a team of cinematographers and cameramen, Aaron Cook aims to create and release an inspiring documentary focusing on mental health. The first episode in the Tidal Change journey will explore the culture around the sea in the South West, with an emphasis on mental health and surfing. Throughout the series, the filmmakers will be sharing their own experiences, allowing the audience to see firsthand the power of vulnerability and openness.
They’re crowdfunding to raise £10,000 to get the documentary seen by as many people as possible.
You can donate to their cause here.
It’s Not Magic but It Could Be
It’s Not Magic but It Could Be is a new Community Interest Company (CIC) set up to help children, young people and their families develop positive mental health!
Their vision focuses on three main areas:
- Illustrated books that explain areas of poor mental health and ways to build positive habits. They can be read by children or to children by parents/guardians!
- Animated videos detailing ways to practice self care when it comes to mental health.
- Online and in person community gatherings to openly discuss ways to reduce anxiety and low mood and increase self-esteem and resilience.
But to get these important projects off the ground, they need to raise £9,500! You can support their mission here.
But that’s not all! There are many more amazing organisations and charities raising funds through our #MentalHealthMatters campaign.
Make sure to take a look at our #MentalHealthMatters campaign where you can support either national charities or one closer to home! You can also follow us on Instagram to see more of the projects inspiring us each week.