Image courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur Mind Series Promotion
Mind.org, the mental health charity, has an intelligent marketing strategy that addresses a vital cause in this day and age. Its effective use of multiple channels and stakeholders is a good lesson for NGOs and businesses alike.
The reality of mental health in the UK
1 in 4 people in the UK experiences a mental health problem each year, with 1 in 6 people reporting an issue.
Often swept under the carpet, not enough is being done to bring awareness and provide adequate support.
The fallout from Covid, lockdowns, mass bereavement, failing economies, climate change, and family displacement due to terror has increased substance abuse.
Social media has connected people and has polarised opinions on politics, Brexit, and racism.
Children often suffer the most from peer pressure and online abuse on social media.
This year racism has trended as the number one issue which is still prevalent in this age.
What are we doing to help those struggling with mental health?
Tackling this crisis needs everyone to get involved, with key organisations leading the charge, bringing together the public, celebrities, government, public services and social media in a united effort.
Leading the charge in addressing mental health
Mind.org provide advice and support to allow people experiencing a mental health problem to receive guidance and help.
In the last few years, Mind’s marketing campaigns use competitions, social media videos, and PR events to promote their cause with a 360-degree marketing strategy.
Mind encourage the public to Become a campaigner to build brand awareness and garner support.
The charity launched campaigns such as Joining a Youth Network targetting children from 11-24 to share their experiences and receive help using TV and social media channels.
Mind’s Blue light campaign works with the emergency services to tackle stigma and provide support.
The organisation has challenged the government with their Five tests for the UK Government checklist for what the UK government prioritises.
- Invest in community services
- Protect those most at risk
- Reform the Mental Health Act
- Provide a financial safety net
- Support children and young people
They’ve also created campaigns requiring employers to provide statutory sick pay and benefits such as taking time off work after a mental health crisis.
Additional campaigns address mental health problems relating to housing, squalid conditions, stigmas and discrimination surrounding peoples’ homes and neighbourhoods.
The most visual partnership is with the English Football League, promoting mental health awareness amongst fans and receiving support.
This summer 2021, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal, held a mini-competition called the Mind Series, attending stadiums and live streams. The proceeds of the matches went to Mind’s mental health charity.
One anecdote was the encouragement Tottenham fans showed Bukayo Saka, who received racial abuse after the Euro 2020 final for missing a penalty. In keeping with the Mind-series friendlies, fans from both Arsenal and Tottenham applauded Saka’s arrival.
Mind.org’s marketing campaigns tackle a complex issue with an intelligent marketing strategy.
By involving numerous stakeholders, including the public, celebrities, government, emergency services, employers, and influential bodies such as the EFL, Mind garners support for a trending issue in the public domain, covering all forms of mental health issues, including racism.