Shocking mental health statistics revealed as M&S and Young Minds launch charity partnership – and we are there!

By Samara Siviter, 19, Mental Health Correspondent

M&S and national mental health charity Young Minds have officially launched a new charity partnership to raise £5 million for this wonderful organisation.

They have boosted by an initial £1m donation to fund the charity’s work for a year. 

In order to support the partnership at hand, M&S and Young Minds commissioned new insightful research.

The Good News Post were there to cover the event.

Amid a host of shocking statistics that should spark those in power to take action, it was revealed that:

1) 65% of young people haven’t asked for any formal support, despite struggling with their mental health, with 33% stating they felt too embarrassed.


2) Loneliness is one of the biggest causes of mental health issues in young people, with 44% saying loneliness had a negative impact on their mental health.

3) And a staggering 61% of those waiting for mental health support had stopped attending school, college, university or work.

As these facts imply, mental health is a huge concern for many people across the country, consistently topping the list of things that both M&S customers and colleagues state that they strongly care about.

Hence why M&S and Young minds have therefore teamed up in order to get more support to young people, but more quickly. 

In the duration of working together, the initiative will aim to raise £5m over the duration of the next three years. 

M&S also officially announced a £1m initial donation, which that alone will help to run the invaluable Young Minds Parents’ Helpline over the course of the next year.

The core target of £5m will help double the number of adults and young people who are supported by Young Minds in their lives up to seven million which will be primarily through digital resources and the parent’s helpline. 

Additionally, M&S will help its 30 million customers and 60,000 colleagues better understand how to open up conversations with those who are struggling as well as young people’s mental health. 

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