Tackling the Mental Health Emergency in Leeds
The Leeds Mind £50k Appeal
Why are we having an appeal?
Before Covid-19, it was estimated that 1 in 4 people would experience a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives. According to a recent Mind survey, around 50% of the UK population is now experiencing a mental health difficulty, and 10% have had suicidal thoughts.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, nearly two thirds (60%) of people say their mental health has got worse through the lockdowns, and we anticipate those figures will keep increasing as restrictions continue, and people continue to feel the impact of Covid-19.
Why support Leeds Mind?
Throughout the pandemic, Leeds Mind has been fighting for the mental health of everyone in our community in and around Leeds, alongside our partners and commissioners in the third sector and public sector. We quickly adapted our services to be able to deliver support remotely, and have developed new services specific to the challenges of Covid-19, for example, the Grief and Loss Helpline, as well as workshops and courses, such as Coping with Isolation, Building Resilience and Managing my Anxiety.
The impact of coronavirus has meant our work has become more important than ever.
One encouraging thing to come out of the pandemic has been that people are now talking about mental health more than ever before, and are recognising that everyone has mental health, just as everyone has physical health.
However, at the same time as demand is going up, our fundraising income has been hit, with over 50% of income lost compared to last year due to event cancellations.
In these unprecedented times, we are needing to do more with less.
Support the appeal
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How the money will help
could fund a yoga or art wellbeing session on Zoom
could fund a month’s Zoom subscription, allowing us to continue delivering virtual support
could fund an hour of counselling
could fund a group support session for 15 people
could fund 1-to-1 support work for a year
could cover the costs for a project to help 100 people experiencing mental health difficulties including a paid support worker