NewsYANA rural mental health support

Many of the people key to YANA’s origin and ongoing success gathered virtually to celebrate our new charity status and the highly-respected contribution we continue to make to rural mental health support.

In studies, kitchens, and sitting rooms across Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcestershire, YANA patrons, trustees and volunteers were all on-screen together to reflect and to celebrate.

The get together showed how YANA’s got it together beautifully

To be able to reach those in rural businesses that need support with mental health takes a true team effort. Every link in the YANA chain is strong, whether that be fielding requests for YANA literature, volunteering to help with distribution, helping at events, influencing decision-makers, answering the telephone helpline or providing confidential counselling.

Our patron The Lady Dannatt, the Lord-Lieutenant for Norfolk, thanked founding patron Melinda Raker for instigating the team effort that has created an organisation that makes a remarkable difference. “What you have all achieved since 2008 has been phenomenal,” she said. “YANA has touched lives, YANA has changed lives, YANA has saved lives.”

evidence of YANA's contribution
Counting up YANA’s contribution

YANA in numbers

Trustees Matt Hubbard and Alex Bartram presented a summary of the core focus of YANA for 2021 and beyond and how the charity functions. They presented the very impressive numbers from measuring YANA’s reach including 100 people who have received counselling, almost 100 Mental Health First Aiders trained, 150 events held, over 100,000 leaflets distributed and countless broadcasts and print articles. This latest one about this YANA Celebration brings the total in the Eastern Daily Press to 23 in 2020 .

Thanking everyone, YANA Chair Henry Kilvert, invited the assembled YANA Army to raise a cup, glass or mug in a toast to YANA, all that has led to being the organisation it is and all that lies ahead.