I’M doing a skydive, willingly falling out of a plane at over 10,000 ft. I’m scared of heights; this is not something I would do without good reason.
I have struggled with my mental health in my teenage years but have family and friends around me who are patient, compassionate, understanding, and loving – which has been just what I needed.
However, not every young person is so lucky.
Mental health services are suffering with chronic underfunding and struggling to be able to perform their role of providing help and support for children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties.
In 2017, more than 338,000 young people were referred to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), but less than a third received treatment within a year. This can leave young people feeling despondent and lonely, and ultimately let down and not cared about.
That’s why I would like to do something to help those young people who don’t get the help they need.
I’ve chosen to support the charity Papyrus, and so I’m doing this crazy skydive to help raise much-needed funds for them.
Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, and the work they do centres around three key principles:
I want to help ensure that more young people are able to talk and receive the help they deserve.
You can donate on my JustGiving page here. Any donation, however big or small, could help save a life.
For more information visit:www.papyrus-uk.org