Danske Bank raises £130,000 for children’s mental health charity

  • Danske Bank’s employees and customers have rallied together to raise money for Action Mental Health, which will benefit primary school children across NI by providing them with a comprehensive mental health education programme.

    Danske Bank has been partnered with Action Mental Health since 2017 in an effort to raise awareness of mental health issues. This latest fundraiser will make a sizeable £130,000 contribution to the charity’s “Healthy Me” programme that promotes social and emotional wellbeing in 8-11 year olds.

    The “Healthy Me” programme has been able to reach 1,928 children and 374 adults in 2018 will reach 1,375 children and 195 parents in 2019. This partnership between Danske Bank and Action Mental Health is predicted to continue in 2019 and includes volunteering and wellbeing support for Danske employees.

    Statistics show that one in five adults is affected by mental health concerns at some stage in their lives, but that many of those issues have roots in much earlier experiences. Research indicates that 50% of all adult mental problems are developed by the time the person is 14 years old.

    "The theme for Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 is ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’ something that is reflected in our programmes for children and young people. We focus on promoting mental well-being alongside physical well-being, encouraging participants to engage in the five ways to well-being, to help support the development of coping skills and emotional resilience," commented David Babington, Action Mental Health’s Chief Executive.

    Vicky Logan, a primary school teacher at Oakfield Primary School in Carrickfergus, spoke positively about the charity's impact: "We found the session with Action Mental Health incredibly valuable. Mental health issues can affect the youngest to the oldest in society but as adults we have better tools to cope with it. Healthy Me will have taught the pupils some important skills that they will be able to carry with them throughout their lives."

    Source: Danske Bank Press Release

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