Building healthy happy young minds

Action for Children and Royal Mail

Royal Mail and Action for Children have worked together for four years to deliver better youth mental health and transform lives across the UK. Through a combination of employee fundraising, payroll giving and matched funding, Royal Mail staff have raised an incredible £2 million. All the funds raised enabled Action for Children to launch and roll out The Blues programme – a pioneering early intervention programme for 13-19 year olds who suffer from, or are at risk of developing a mental health condition. It’s the first ever UK-wide school initiative to tackle teenage depression. Royal Mail funding has enabled Action for Children to reach 5,253 young people in 149 schools in all four nations of the UK. A key aim of the partnership has been raising awareness of the need for better mental health support. Working together, we’ve lobbied the government, called for change, and launched several successful communications campaigns. “Mental ill-health is one of the most serious and challenging health issues facing us today. I am incredibly proud that, over the past four years, we have worked in partnership with Action for Children to help prevent young people from developing depression and other mental health problems. Throughout the partnership, employees across the business have taken part in a huge range of fundraising activities, as well as donating their time to support Action for Children.” Simon Thompson, CEO, Royal Mail