£390.00Donated So Far
Hundreds of millions of young people worldwide suffer from mental health issues, many with little to no way of getting help. Even where the help is available, the stigma is still such that youngsters don't reach out to their family & friends.
In the UK, just among 17-year-olds, 1 in every 4 has self-harmed in the past year, and more than 50,000 have attempted suicide at some point in their lives. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, with far more experiencing severe symptoms but not yet acting on it.
In South Africa (2nd launch market), 3 in 4 sufferers cannot access any form of care at all!
Hope Guardians wants to help change this: we offer young people free 1-to-1 online therapy, once a week if necessary. Those in need sign up on the website, then our skilled team identifies the most appropriate therapy for that individual at that time, and refers them to a highly-trained Professional.
What's more, the free therapy sessions are in their own language, and within their individual cultural context, which is crucial.
Some Hopeful feedback: “After just 1 hour with the Therapist, I already have 6 new ways I can reduce my anxiety throughout the day - thank you so much for your help!"
PLEASE DONATE: every £30 accelerates the number of young people we can help, by facilitating upto 5 extra therapy sessions (normal UK cost: over £100 for just 1 session).
Enjoy this 5 minute video below, where Bethany beautifully explains our journey so far:
A quote from Ben, the Founder:
"When we start to help thousands (and eventually millions) of young people, not only will we be alleviating their suffering directly, we will also be empowering them to pass their newfound skills in managing their mental health onto friends, family, and the next generation. In this way, we will create a virtuous circle, and finally, extinguish the stigma which is still very pronounced in most countries. We invite anyone out there who would like to collaborate with us to get in touch ASAP, as we believe collaboration is the best, and possibly the only way to make sure our global community helps as many people as possible.”
And what do Therapists think of it so far?
Georgie Oldfield MCSP, and Founder of 'SIRPA UK’ says “The one-to-one, online weekly free therapy with true mental health professionals is a wonderful initiative. Undertaking therapy sessions in their own language (in South Africa there are 11 official languages), and within their individual cultural context is especially important and impressive. The scale of HOPE Guardians' ambition is amazing, and I am sure many therapists around the world will join in by donating one hour per week of their extremely valuable time.”
Watch our Award-winning short film - Dan finds HOPE when he least expected it:
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