One in four young people suffer with a mental health issue and need a safe place to turn. Without early intervention and support structures, these young people are at risk of going down a very dark path.
Jake is a young man who met the YMCA at the right time.
In his early teens Jake was struggling. School was no refuge either. With the burdens Jake carried he lacked the confidence to make friends and was regularly bullied and further isolated.
Jake was in a downward spiral and needed desperate support.
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It was at this time Jake’s school introduced him to the YMCA.
Initially he was part of a health and fitness program for youth at risk. It was here Jake began to realise he was in an environment where people cared and listened.
After a few months Jake accepted an offer to be part of a YMCA youth support group.
Surrounded by people who cared for him and with access to mentors, Jake started to turn his life around. He became an active participant and was motivated to achieve new found goals.
“When I’m here I have an actual family. I feel safe, not just physically safe but emotionally safe,” Jake said.
Sadly this safe place is at risk of disappearing.
YMCA youth support groups like these rely on sponsorship agreements. Unfortunately this funding is coming to an end.
Without your support, young people like Jake will no longer have a safe place when they need it most.
Please give so we can continue to provide a safe place for more young people.
Mental health issues for young people are not going away, and support services like ours are crucial.
Your generosity will ensure these programs exist for young people like Jake well into the future.