Commemorating Mental Health Awareness Week With the Big Give

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In any given week in England, 6 in 100 people will be diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder. As set by the Mental Health Foundation, the official theme for the year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety, taking place from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st May, 2023.

With the UK experiencing widespread levels of stress, anxiety and hopelessness, there’s a desperate demand for more mental health support. At Wellspring, we offer critical help and counselling to people struggling with their mental health, providing a support system for those most in need.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural emotion we all feel however, that feeling can spiral out of control and leave us feeling stressed and hopeless. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems with 60% of individuals experiencing at least mild symptoms.

Often, anxiety is overlooked as somebody being ‘just stressed or worried’, however, this mindset can be incredibly harmful. For many, anxiety stops them from being able to do the things they want, harming their quality of life and having a long-term impact on their well-being.

Anxiety and Mental Health Today

During the current cost of living crisis in the UK, 71% of adults are concerned that they cannot maintain their standard of living, with 61% of people anxious about heating their homes and paying monthly bills. With all these added stresses, more and more people are experiencing severe anxiety.

Currently, only 1 in 3 adults with a common mental health problem are currently getting treatment in the form of talking therapies, medication or both. This could be due to several reasons, including a lack of affordable health care, resources and the stigma that continues to surround mental health.

At Wellspring, we offer professional, affordable counselling to reduce the number of people unable or afraid to seek help – follow this link to find out more about the support that we offer.

Supporting Children and Young People

Our services are becoming increasingly urgent among young people. As of 2022, one in six children aged 5-16 were likely to have a mental health problem, with 50% of all mental health problems starting by the age of 14.

To continue giving affordable and specialist care to vulnerable young people, the dedicated team at Wellspring need funding. Donations allow us to support more people and reduce long wait times, allowing them to access help whenever they need it.

Small Acts of Kindness, Big Impact: Join The Big Give

This May, we are partnering with Big Give’s Kind2Mind campaign to commemorate Mental Health Awareness Week. Running from 12 pm on May 15th through to 12 pm on May 22nd, any donation you make, the Big Give will double it! This campaign is a great opportunity to support mental health charities and make a real difference.

Our aim for this campaign is to increase the number of affordable counselling sessions available to everyone from the age of 4. With our 15% increase goal to reach 200 sessions per week by the end of 2024, any donation is a major step towards helping more people.

Over the last 20 years, it is your support that has allowed us to help so many people in need. Your donation could help us expand the amount of volunteer and trained counsellors providing additional sessions to children and young people.

Any donation, small or large, is incredibly appreciated. The Big Give deadline is 12 pm on May 22nd so please be sure to donate before then – visit Big Give to donate from 12 pm on May 15, 2023. 

Wellspring House

78 High Street, Starbeck
Harrogate, HG2 7LW

01423 881 881

Opening times

Monday 9am - 8.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 8.30pm
Wednesday 9am - 8.30pm
Thursday 9am - 8.30pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

We work to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice and the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) Code of Ethics.

Wellspring is an Affiliated Organisation number AT 326 of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) and a partner in the Route One VCS Partnership.