Our lives are full of challenges which can sometimes feel difficult to cope with. If you have the right support around you, the ups and downs of life can be more manageable. Mind and Co-op are working 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 alongside our partners SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) in Scotland and Inspire in Northern Ireland, to help people develop the skills needed to effectively support both their own and others' mental health and wellbeing in their communities.
Together, we'll speak out through national campaigning and influencing to make a real difference.
More than half of adults (60%) and over two-thirds of young people (68%) have said their mental health got worse during the first lockdown.
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.
Our partnership aims to raise £8m by engaging staff, members and customers in a range of national and local fundraising. So far, Co-op colleagues and customers have raised an amazing £5.5m.
From all of us at Mind, a huge thank you to Co-op colleagues and customers. Your hard work, enthusiasm and support is enabling us to deliver innovative new services to support better mental wellbeing in communities through our local Mind network, and across the UK with our charity partners Inspire and SAMH.
The first services funded by the Co-op partnership are underway nationwide, with plenty more to come throughout 2021.
The services are supporting people with and without experience of mental health problems to develop the tools they need to stay mentally well.
“We’ve noticed a huge impact in how well the young people are progressing on following the sessions, how much their self-awareness increases, and how vital it is building their resilience.”
Marcy, Project Coordinator, The Hive
Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind
The Together Through Tough Times research was commissioned by the Partnership to develop our understanding of what makes mentally resilient communities.
The research sheds new light on the vital role of communities in supporting mental wellbeing. More people having an active role in their community means that support networks become available to those who need them most.
Whether it is small acts of kindness towards other people, or volunteering in your community, helping others can go a long way in improving your own and others’ mental wellbeing.