Are you ready to become Player B?
Mental Health Awareness Week is 10 - 16 May 2021 and, this year, we want you to join us in the fight for better mental health in young people across the UK. At any point across the week, hold a charity stream, kick-start those vital conversations with your followers, and raise money to make sure no young person faces mental health problems alone.
So whether you’re on a quest to defeat evil forces, building a new world, or even solving a murder mystery, choose the game you love to play, at whatever difficulty, and fundraise for Barnardo’s. We'll be with you every step of the way with plenty of support to make your live stream a success.
This Mental Health Awareness Week be Player B and stream for better mental health.
Sign up by creating a fundraising page with JustGiving
Set a fundraising target and prepare to smash it! We’ll be cheering you on all the way. All donations raised on your JustGiving page will go straight to Barnardo’s and the young people we support.
Get your Barnardo’s Cheat Sheet
Feel confident talking about Barnardo's by checking out your cheat sheet for facts on mental health, Barnardo's and the vital difference a donation can make.
Promote your stream
Let your followers know you’re joining the Player B community and tell them why. You’ll find some social promo graphics and overlays for your stream here.
How it helps
It can be tough growing up, and this past year has been especially difficult. Young people are more lonely, worried, sad and stressed than before lockdown. And for many, gaming is a much-needed escape. A way to combat loneliness, feel connected to a community and get out of their own head, even if just for a little while. So, what better way to fundraise for young people this Mental Health Awareness Week, than by holding your own stream and raising money to help young people struggling with their mental health across the UK.
Below you can read about how we're using a game designed to help young people cope with feelings of anxiety and worry. You can also learn more about our work supporting young people with poor mental health.
Check out our FAQs if you'd like to know more.
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All names have been changed and models have been used in order to protect the identities of children involved.
Of every £1 we spend, 92p goes on our work. 3p on governance and pension costs and 5p on raising the next £1. When Barnardo’s was founded 154 years ago, our vision was of a world where no child in need was turned away. In 2019-20 we supported work with 358,800 children, young people, parents and carers across the UK.