If you're part of an organisation wanting to drive real change by reducing the number of young people who suffer with stress, anxiety and overwhelm then these are the most important words you'll read today.
Our young people have felt the full force of the pandemic when it comes to their mental health.
They've missed out on so much schooling, building, and maintaining friendships, extra-curricular activities and honing of the skills required to build and maintain confidence when it comes to further education, applying for apprenticeships and eventually joining the workforce as thriving members of society.
The uncertainty and displacement caused by the past few years have impacted some children so much, they chose another way out, by taking their own lives. In fact, this year 200 children in the UK with die by suicide.
Understand, these are more than just "shocking statistics" these are real people, real families, and real-life problems that are in desperate need of a solution.
The chances are, right now, some of your employees will have children who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
NHS and children’s services for mental health support, are over-subscribed, families are finding it difficult to leverage the support they need which has an effect on many areas of life, including work, productivity and relationships.
Sadly, despite wanting to do more, many schools are overwhelmed with the increase of pupils requiring extra support, which has a knock-on effect on their limited budgets and capacity to help.
Thankfully it's not all bad news, there is work underway to provide practical mental health and wellbeing sessions within the education sector to help students and staff to thrive, optimise and improve the performance of the school and the community as a whole.
As you know, a rising tide lifts all boats and having young people who are in-step with their emotions will enable them to have a better chance in life, education and work, maybe within your business.. they are the workforce of the future.
It's been said that this generation of young people is 'lost' but it doesn't have to be that way, with your help.
Simply put, social responsibility can help people see your company as a positive force in society. The projects you support will raise awareness for important causes such as helping to reduce youth suicide and increasing the narrative around mental health conversations being normalised in work, education and life, as well as promoting and keeping your business top of mind.
Competition in the business world is stiff, and it's challenging for a company to set itself apart from its competitors in the eyes of its customers. However, businesses that take social responsibility seriously, particularly something as vital and emotive as improving youth mental health, can increase sales, as well as developing a platform to market and earn their audience's attention and respect.
To bridge the gap and between mental health and money, I'm asking for sponsorship to support schools who are struggling with budgetary restraints to provide adequate mental health and wellbeing provisions - should these children have to suffer because of funding?
If you're not responsible for your CSR budget, please find the person who is and tell them what you've just read - it might just save a life.
if you feel compelled to, contact me for a no obligation conversation about how you can help young people of tomorrow life a happier, more fulfilled life today.
When we help Ourselves we find moments of happiness, when we help others we find lasting fulfilment- Simon Sinek