YoungMinds charity walk

NHS statistics show that mental disorders are becoming more common in young people which is why we have chosen to support the charity YoungMinds. To fundraise for this fantastic charity, we are organising a big family walking event on 5 June 2021.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we won't be able to do this together, instead we want families to venture on their own walk (between 1km and 5km) and use that time to talk about mental health and help raise awareness on this vital issue.

On the day we will be asking everyone taking part to share their pictures with us on social media using the hashtag #Propertymark4YoungMinds. We are aiming to raise £10,000 to help support young people's mental health during this challenging time.

This event has now passed, use the link below to find out how everyone got on.

16 Jun 2021

Members raise thousands for young peoples' mental health

Propertymark members, and their families across the UK, took to the outdoors last weekend (12 and 13 June) to raise money for the YoungMinds charity as part of our big family walking event.

Why we are supporting YoungMinds 

My 13-year-old daughter, Amelia, has faced increasing anxiety attacks at school since returning after the initial lockdown, which resulted in her self-harming and stating that she wanted to commit suicide in December last year. As we sat in the GP's surgery, we were told that our assessment request would likely be rejected due to lack of evidence and that it would also likely take a year to access Point 1 well-being services in our area.

With the recent Children's Mental Health Week, I posted on LinkedIn as I felt that people needed to hear the reality of young people's mental health issues. This is turn was seen by Liana who suggested that we select a children's mental health charity to support. After all, mental health issues are more important than ever, but the resources just aren't there, and we feel that the YoungMinds ethos and approach offer much-needed support to children, young people and their families nationwide.

Despite an initial rejection, Amelia has been accepted now for an Autism assessment and is in a much better place than she was in December. She's especially excited that something good could come from such a dark time.

Natalie Barton Regional Representative | ARLA Propertymark

I was so grateful that Natalie shared her and Amelia's recent experience, despite how difficult it must have been. Today, one in four children show some evidence of mental ill health and, sadly, Amelia's story is becoming more and more common.

YoungMinds' vision is to create a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and I feel we all have a responsibility to help with this. This is why we are fundraising for YoungMinds this year and I will be delighted if you would join us.

Liana Loporto-Browne President-Elect | NAEA Propertymark