World Mental Health Day #IAMWHOLE

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.

To find out more information about #IAMWHOLE national campaign click here.


When Josie first came to our Flat 108 project she lacked confidence and was anxious about having to do things on her own, like asking for help in a shop. She’s now interacting a lot more with different people at The Y and her self-belief is growing. Josie’s independent living skills are improving meaning she needs less and less of our help.

“I can’t cook and here they teach you skills so I want to build that up and other skills. I have a massive family; there’s 8 of us. Here I’m getting taught step by step, you get lots of help and at home I just don’t get it. After 6 weeks I have some cooking skills. I’ve started to learn different dishes like pasta. I was so nervous when I came here, I couldn’t speak; I was so shy. It helps you build your confidence up and learn a lot of new skills.”


When Darren lost the job he’d had for 5 years, he lost his property and relapsed into drug use. Darren was sofa surfing for several months after his mum moved abroad and things spiralled out of control from there.  He got a two year suspended sentence for selling drugs and lost his driving licence. When he enrolled onto The Y’s Ambition Project Darren wasn’t able to see his son and was seeking help for depression, he felt very isolated and stuck and didn’t see a future for himself.

 “Ambition helped me get into my own accommodation and get onto the B.I.T.C. course. Naomi my keyworker is always there for me, she encourages me and she is always so positive so I can really open up to her, I can’t thank her enough. I’m clean off drugs. I feel so much better that I don’t even know how to put it into words. I feel more positive about myself and my life and I can see a positive future.”

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