Take a WHOLE HOUR for yourself this World Mental Health Day

On the 10th October 2018, YMCA and #IAMWHOLE are launching a movement that encourages people to take an hour out of their day (preferably from midday to 1pm) to do something to support their mental wellbeing.

WHOLE HOUR aims to recognise and champion the importance of self care and taking time to look after your mental health.

Whether it is doing something active and healthy, creative and fun, mindful and thoughtful, or restful and relaxing, there are a variety of things you can do to make you feel good. Find out more here.

Music 4 Mental Health

Together with The CALMzoneThe Mix & YMCA, Music 4 Mental Health is kicking off with a charity fundraising event on 18th November at the Roundhouse, London

The groundbreaking initiative is fronted by Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens and we’ve announced the first five artists in our star-studded lineup: Ed Sheeran, Ella Eyre, James Arthur, Anne-Marie and Olly Murs!  Follow WHOLE on FacebookTwitter and Instagram or sign up for the #IAMWHOLE newsletter below for more announcements coming soon! You can also keep up to date with everything #IAMWHOLE by signing up to our newsletter.

In the build up to the first Music 4 Mental Event, we are pulling together the ultimate #IAMWHOLE playlist of music that gives you the feels. Submit YOUR suggestions on social media, and follow the playlist at spoti.fi/2N9orZi.

And remember, if you or a friend are experiencing mental health difficulties and don’t know where to turn, go to our Find Help page for information on who you can contact and speak to.




Mental health difficulties can affect any child or young person, across all spectrums of society. Currently in the UK and Ireland, nearly one million children and young people have a diagnosed mental health difficulty. This is equivalent to three children in every classroom.

#IAMWHOLE is an anti-stigma mental health campaign developed in partnership with the NHS and YMCA with the aim of encouraging young people to speak out and seek help by:


Starting conversations
with young people about
mental health


Educating young
people on
mental health


Encouraging young people
to share their experiences of

mental health


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