It’s World Mental Health Day this Thursday, and here at Tottington High School we’re getting involved and doing some serious fundraising for Young Minds – the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

Every year on 10th October, the World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day and sets the theme – and this year’s theme is suicide prevention. Young Minds are spreading a little happiness with their #HelloYellow campaign by encouraging schools, colleges, businesses and community groups to add a splash of sunshine to their day, and to together show young people that they’re not alone with their mental health, as well as help raise vital funds for Young Minds.

So at our school we’re going all-out yellow on Thursday! The students have been asked to replace one item of their school uniform for a yellow one – this could be a yellow tie instead of a school tie, a yellow blazer (?!), yellow socks, or even yellow trainers (yes, we’re relaxing the no-trainers rule for the day, as long as they are yellow). The staff are getting into the yellow too, and all we ask is that anyone wearing yellow on the day donates a pound to Young Minds – yellow collection tins will be at the school gates ready to receive!

At break-time and lunch-time there will be yellow-themed bake sales, where tasty sweet treats (kindly donated by the staff and students) will be available to buy. Other yellow items will also be on offer including yellow silicone wristbands, yellow pin badges, yellow hair bands, yellow key-rings, and more besides – all of which can be proudly worn to show support for the cause.

We will have posters and information on display around school where further information can be found about young people’s mental health issues and how to get support.

We’re backing mental health in a big way this year, and we hope that our #HelloYellow day will be a huge success and will raise not only much-needed funds for Young Minds, but also much-needed awareness and support of young people’s mental health.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the hashtag #HelloYellow on your social media.