Compass Group UK & Ireland’s specialist provider of catering to the education sector, Chartwells, has partnered with YoungMinds, a UK charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.
The charity aims to create positive change so that children and young people can cope with life’s adversities and find help when they need it. Eight hundred and fifty thousand children, an average of three in every classroom, suffer from a serious mental illness such as depression or anxiety and thousands of these young people are not receiving the support they need. Around a quarter of children and young people show some signs of issues with mental health and many students also need help coping on campus with university stress.
The partnership will kick off with the charity’s #HelloYellow campaign for World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2017. #HelloYellow is a positive and fun way to share the message to children and young people who might be struggling, that they’re not alone and to encourage them to reach out and talk to someone. As part of this initiative, Chartwells is calling on its teams in schools, academies, colleges and universities across the UK, to wear something yellow to raise awareness and funds to support the YoungMinds charity.
Richard Taylor, COO Chartwells said: “Children and young people are facing more pressure than ever before, whether it’s due to their exams, issues that arise via social media or stress over body image. Schools, academies, colleges and universities play a vital role in helping develop the skills young people need to flourish in today’s world.
“At Chartwells we take our responsibility of catering for today’s children and young adults really seriously. We know it’s not just the food on the plate that’s important, but a real understanding of health, nutrition and wellbeing. That’s why this charity partnership is a perfect fit for us and our teams are passionate about supporting this important cause.”
YoungMinds is a charity partner of Heads Together – the campaign spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to end the stigma around mental health.