I’ll preface this by saying that I won’t often use this as a platform for (what is essentially) solicitation; however, I feel this is a terribly important cause.
To those of you in the UK, there is a charitable organisation based in Northampton called The Lowdown. The Lowdown offers counselling to young people aged 12-25; a demographic profoundly affected by mental illness. Indeed, according to a 2005 study (Green, H., McGinnity, A., Meltzer, H., et al. (2005)) over 1 in 10 children 11-15 have some kind of mental illness–and that’s to say nothing of those 16-25, for whom suicide is a leading cause of death (accounting for 30% of all deaths for those 15-24 (Evans, et al (2005))) (NB: All stats for the UK).
Of course, most people in this demographic are students and, depending on their family circumstances, counselling can sometimes be nigh on inaccessible. What’s more, it can be terribly difficult for youth to speak to their families about their troubles. In Canada, I benefitted greatly from a service similar to The Lowdown; I think these organisation are absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, The Lowdown is facing shut-down. To support them, I’ve made a modest donation, and if you can, I encourage you to do the same. If you’d like to, you can do so here.
Until next time!