Did you know;
- 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England.
- 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England.
- The amount of people with common mental health problems went up by 20% between 1993 to 2014, in both men and women
- The percentage of people reporting severe mental health symptoms in any given week rose from 7% in 1993, to over 9% in 2014
- The number of young women reporting common mental health problems has been going up
Source - MIND
Those are some frightfully scary statistics...
Mental health is a matter that is extremely close to my heart. I have struggled with my mental health ever since 2014 at the age of just 15. There have been many days where I have woken up feeling helpless, alone, anxious, scared and had so many bad and negative thoughts running through my head.
When Contendunt first started, we always wanted to be a brand that supported causes. Our first jam held in October 2019 had an exclusive yellow t-shirt, with the profits going to the MIND charity.
At Contendunt, we want to do more in supporting mental health and raising awareness.
A recent study by the Princes Trust found that 24% of young people do not confide in someone regarding their mental health, citing worry that it could effect things such as job prospects.
The research, funded by Macquarie, based on a survey of 2,215 respondents aged 16 to 25, found that the vast majority of young people (78%) think there is a stigma attached to mental health issues.
57% wouldn’t want anyone to know they were struggling and 35% fear it would make them “look weak”.
Those numbers are alarmingly high.
And, it just so happens, our primary demographic & customer age range is 16-25 year olds...
At Contendunt, we really want to instil confidence in the minds of our customers, followers, supporters, friends, family, loved ones, etc that you WILL NOT be stigmatised for speaking up about your mental health, and if you're struggling it is incredibly important to seek help and support.
Here's what we are going to do;
- #LetsGetTalking - You can join us by sharing photos, videos, and stories on Instagram by using the #LetsGetTalking to share what makes you happy, something you're thankful for, or if you are willing to share your story. The hashtag will also help us grow a community of likeminded people who openly talk about mental health without stigma.
- Donations - 15% of profits from all purchases TODAY will be donated to the charity MIND. Similar to our Black Friday event, you also have the option to add a "TIP" at checkout. This is entirely optional and there is no obligation to leave one, but 100% of all TIPS will be donated to MIND.
- Video - We are currently working on a short form documentary styled piece talking about mental health & our #LetsGetTalking campaign.
We aim to do more to support mental health in the future, but for the time being, to get us off the ground, this is the starting point.
So why not join us? Share your posts on Instagram by using the #LetsGetTalking campaign & let's end the stigma surrounding mental health!
I have attached below some support lines to help with mental health, if you are struggling, please reach out to them!
- Samaritans. To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).
- SANEline. If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
- National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK. Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7).
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
- SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline, 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727) Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
Euro Youth Mental Health and MHE members have created a map which gathers helplines or support organisations for young people in all European countries. In a few clicks, this interactive map will help you find more details on support services for young people in your country.