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Brighten your day and #BanishtheBlues to support the Isle of Wight Trust Thursday 9th February

Now, more than ever before, children and young people on the Isle of Wight are reaching out to the Youth Trust for support with their mental health and wellbeing.

Demand is unprecedented – in the first two weeks of January 2023 we received an average of 7 referrals a day – a significant increase on 2022 – where average referrals were just 3 a day. We have received in excess of 100 referrals already this year.

NHS research now shows 1 in 6 children under 16, and 1 in 4 young people aged 17-25 need support with their mental health. That’s between 5 and 8 children and young people in an average class of 30 and represents 5,965 (almost 20%) of those aged 4-25 on the Isle of Wight


How can I get involved?

On Thursday 9th February we’re asking everyone on the Island to avoid wearing blue, wear bright colours and donate £1 or what they can to support the work of the Youth Trust.

We need to try and change the odds so that fewer younger Islanders need our support.

If 1 in 6 Islanders donate just £1, we can fund 1000 support calls or 325 counselling sessions

If 1 in 4 Islanders donate just £1, we can fund 1500 support calls and 500 counselling sessions

Together the Island community can make a real difference.

Island schools and colleges are being asked to hold a mufti day and Island companies are being encouraged to get their staff involved.

How can I donate?

Text IOW to 70450 to donate £1.

or Text IOW followed by your donation amount to 70470 to give that amount.

Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message, and you’ll be opting into hearing more from us. If you would like to donate but don’t wish to hear more from us, please text IOWNOINFO instead.

Or via our online platform

Alternatively, you make a donation in cash at Youth Trust House, 114 Pyle Street, Newport.965