Our lives are full of challenges that sometimes feel difficult to cope with. If you have the right support around you, the ups and downs of life can be more manageable. We're working with Co-op to empower communities and individuals to provide support when things feel like they're getting too much.
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. That's around 14 million people in the UK - someone in every family, workplace and friendship circle.
We're working with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Inspire in Northern Ireland to help people develop the skills to effectively support the mental health of those in their communities.
Together, we'll speak out through national campaigning and influence to help make a real difference.
Our partnership research shows that 1 in 3 people don't have the support or tools to cope with life's ups and downs. 8 in 10 (81%) of those people said that having support in their community would help them, such as:
We're hoping that working with one of the UK's biggest retailers will help us reach more people than ever across all 4 nations. And create lasting change in our communities for better mental health.
We aim to raise £8m through our partnership by engaging staff, members and customers in a range of national and local fundraising. So far, Co-op colleagues and customers have raised a fantastic £7m.
We want to say a huge thank you to Co-op colleagues and customers from all of us at Mind. Your hard work, enthusiasm, and support enable us to deliver innovative new services to support better mental wellbeing in communities through:
Money raised from our partnership with Co-op is going straight to our communities. And it's being used to help fund more than 50 new mental wellbeing services across the UK.
The services support people with and without a mental health problem to develop the tools they need to stay mentally well.
Of the 8000 people we've supported via our services so far:
“Sometimes I come to the group feeling really dismal about the world. But when I leave, I do feel like I’m not alone like I have hope, and that I can keep going forward.”
Young Person, Co-op-funded peer support group
Our partnerships commissioned research called Together Through Tough Times. It was carried out to help us understand what makes mentally resilient communities.
The research reveals the importance of communities in supporting mental wellbeing. When people play an active role in their community, they develop support networks. And these support networks can be there for people that need them the most.
When you help others, it can improve your own mental wellbeing as well as others. Whether it's small acts of kindness towards or volunteering in your community, it can make a real difference.