Each year, Kind chooses one charity to support throughout that year with multiple fundraising projects. This year, it’s YESS: Youth Emotional Support Services.
Based in Uttoxeter, YESS is an organisation that works with children and young people across East Staffordshire and the Cannock area, providing much needed mental health support, and reducing the stigma around mental illness. Since 2011 they’ve worked in collaboration with the NHS, building a team of counsellors, youth participation workers and wellbeing practitioners who delivering emotional support for young people experiencing distress and creating opportunities for those who want to take part in transforming the mental health arena in their region.
Therapy services YESS offer include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling and Art Therapy. They also provide training to adults who work with children, preparing them to identify symptoms and appropriately refer young people experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, conduct disorders, and more. The Wellbeing Practitioners work within schools, providing low-intensity, evidence-based treatments for children experiencing mild to moderate mental health needs such as panic attacks, anxiety and persistent low-moods.
Mental health has been a focus for Kind in the past, for both awareness-raising and fundraising, and the opportunity to support a project working close to our home base in the West Midlands is really important to us, as we’re big believers in giving back to the community around the company.
Our first activity of the year is coming up on April 5th when Kind Consultancy’s Selena Tye will be running the Manchester Marathon to raise money for YESS. Find out more about and donate here at our JustGiving page and keep an eye on Kind Consultancy’s social media pages for updates on Selena’s training and preparations.