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Newark community invited by The Shaw Mind Foundation to #SockItToStigma as part of Children’s Mental Health Week by donning brightly-coloured socks

Students, businesses and the community are being asked to Sock It To Stigma on Friday as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.

The Newark-based mental health and well-being charity, The Shaw Mind Foundation, is promoting the awareness and fundraising campaign.

It aims to highlight mental ill health among young people and raise vital funds to enable the foundation to continue to deliver its Breathe Youth mental health and wellbeing programme to schools in the area.

The Shaw Mind Foundation is having a Sock It To Stigma Day (28212681)
The Shaw Mind Foundation is having a Sock It To Stigma Day (28212681)

Sock It To Stigma invites people to get involved by donning a pair of brightly-coloured socks and donating. They are asked to share photographs of their socks on social media, tagging in The Shaw Mind Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, using the hashtag #SockItToStigma, as well as donating.

Donations can be made by texting SHAWMIND5 to 70085 to donate £5, SHAWMIND10 to 70085 to donate £10 or SHAWMIND20 to donate £20.

Last year the charity's Breathe Youth programme engaged with more than 600 young people and encouraged them to become more open about their mental health needs. Discussions focused on topics such as bullying, self-esteem, peer pressure and the impact of social media.

The charity, which relies on the generosity of its donors and fundraisers and the dedication of its team of volunteers, wants to offer more support to local children and young adults.

Su Hallam, charity manager at the foundation, said: “The figures around children and young people struggling with the mental health and wellbeing are not going away.

"One in eight five to 19 year olds will experience mental ill health and almost a fifth of all 17 to 19 year olds face mental health challenges.

“We are passionate about giving local young people a safe space where they can talk about their feelings and concerns, where they will be listened to and supported, and where they can be signposted to additional services, so things improve.

“To be able to run these sessions we need the local community to get behind us and show the younger members of our society that we care.”

A £5 donation will help the charity support one young person during a Breathe Youth session at a location in the area, such as the LetsXcape Together Boardgame and Event Café, Newark.

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