Friday, 8th October 2021 marks the start of Young Mind's #HelloYellow campaign, an event which raises vital funds for children's mental health in support of World Mental Health Day.
Children's mental health charity, "Young Minds" provides phenomenal support to young people and this year the Bright World team united again, to help show that they are not alone with mental health.
The annual campaign sees thousands of schools, offices and communities come together to raise awareness to our young people. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of young people, and as guardians, we know just how tough this period has been on overseas students, their wellbeing and education.
To mark the occasion, which takes place ahead of World Mental Health Day, Bright World team members were asked to wear their best and brightest yellow and donate £2 to Young Minds.
This year, we asked the office team to grab their aprons, cookie cutters and rolling pins and make some delectable desserts.
The #HelloYellow Bright World Bake Sale allowed us all to enjoy some tasty treats, whilst our Spotify playlist of music helped get us in the "Mellow Yellow" mood and had us feeling as though we were "living in a yellow submarine."
As part of the #HelloYellow campaign, this week we shared Young Minds "10 wellbeing-at-work tips" with all Bright World team members.
The extra level of care we offer to our overseas boarding school students across the UK often involves us encouraging them to talk to us and share their feelings. That's why it is even more vital we check in with our own mental health to ensure we make wellbeing a priority.
There may be times during their stay in the UK, when our students need some help if they are struggling to cope or if anything is troubling them. It is therefore extremely important that all Bright World students know exactly how to find support when they need it.
Each guardianship student is allocated a Bright World Buddy who visits and supports them during their studies in the UK. Trained in safeguarding and child protection, these individuals are alert to changes in children's behaviour and will report any concerns to our Safeguarding team.
During their Arrival Care visits, students are reminded of the resources available to them within the Bright World student app. Our advice provides contact information for a range of organisations and charities who can offer expert advice including; Childline (NSPCC,) Samaritans, Get Connected and Barnados.
Students have various layers of support within their UK boarding school, including; their Houseparents, peers and teachers. Excellent medical facilities are available across all our guardianship areas with doctors and trained nurses onsite at each school.
Students are reminded that if they have an emergency situation immediately call the 24/7 emergency phone.
Wear yellow and donate to Young Minds today if you would like to support the incredible work they do to help young people.