Kindred Spirits: Rekindle (local charity)

Mental Health … in young people – it’s time it was talked about.

Here’s some scary statistics …

  • 10% of children aged 5-16 have been diagnosed with a mental health problem
  • The average wait for effective treatment is 10 years (yep, TEN years!)
  • Only £26m a year is earmarked for children and young people’s studies, despite 75% of mental illness starting before the age of 18. The lack of investment in children’s mental health means that very little is known about the cause of mental illness, and which treatments are most effective

In the 20 years since local charity Rekindle was established, it has helped countless young people to talk about mental health. Through its ‘Small Steps Project‘, the charity works with youngsters aged 16 to 25 to offer early intervention for those at risk of mental health problems or those already suffering mental distress such as depression, anxiety or who are self-harming.

What we love about Rekindle – and the Small Steps Project – is that it is practical. It works on Recovery … through independence, confidence and self-respect.

Funded entirely through donations, the charity guides its clients towards recovery. Where mental health difficulties are born of circumstance, small practical steps can make a huge difference. Stable accommodation, training, education or employment all provide a structure within which goals can be set and achieved and young people can help themselves to create a different future.

18 months ago, we decided to focus our fund-raising within the delicatessen on this local charity. Through the generosity of our amazing customers, we have been able to make a modest contribution to the coffers, knowing that every penny makes a real difference to young people.

It is the ‘small steps‘ … getting through the next 5 minutes, talking to someone about mental health, realising that there is another path … which add up to the chance for a young person to move beyond the circumstances that contribute to their mental health difficulties.

Rekindle is a local charity with purpose and passion, a charity that has had a direct and positive impact on young people within our community. We are proud to offer our support.

Early intervention brings on some remarkable success, not least in fostering relationships of mutual support between individual clients.