Mental health insults and stereotypes part of everyday language

YMCA releases major research for #IAMWHOLE campaign on World Mental Health Day Two thirds (66%) of young people who have seen or heard harmful words and negative stereotypes relating to mental health say it is simply part of everyday language, with ‘psycho’, ‘retard’ and ‘attention seeker’ being among the most commonly used words, new research…

School start kicks off body image worries for young people

Two in three (69%) young people are worried about parts of their appearance as they are going back to school this week, including their skin, body shape and being overweight, new figures from YMCA for the Be Real Campaign have revealed. Be Real, which was founded by YMCA and Dove, surveyed more than 1,000 young…

YMCA responds to homelessness forecast

Rough sleeping across Britain is predicted to jump by three quarters (76%) over the next decade, a new forecast from homelessness charity Crisis has warned. Responding to the findings, which estimate that overall homelessness numbers will rise by more than a quarter (26.5%) over the next 10 years to 202,200 in 2026, Denise Hatton, Chief Executive for…

Celebrate everything YMCA and enter our photo comp

Photography captures the world we live in, gives an insight into the lives of billions of people and provides a mighty catalyst for positive change. To celebrate World Photo Day (Saturday 19 August), YMCA’s photo competition will celebrate the power of photography and tell the stories of young people, our work and our impact. We…

YMCA England & Wales joins global anniversary basketball challenge

YMCAs across England and Wales are joining forces for the YMCA World Challenge on Saturday 3 June, in the run up to the global organisation’s 173rd anniversary next week. Local YMCAs will offer a range of activities to engage as many people as possible in basketball, which will range from seated basketball sessions to shooting…