Research supporting our advocacy – #IAMWHOLE

One of the outcomes we learnt from One Million Voices 1 and 2 was the urgent need for the world’s young people to have more information and assistance around their mental health. That’s why I am pleased to support the expanded efforts of #IAMWHOLECAMPAIGN on this year’s World Mental Health Day.

For the last two years you have seen us drawing circles on our hands to support young people’s mental health and the campaign this year includes WHOLE HOUR. I encourage all YMCAS to involve all your people on Wednesday October 10th by taking a WHOLE HOUR for themselves.

WHOLE HOUR aims to recognise and champion the importance of self-care and taking time to look after your mental health. We are encouraging people to take an hour out of their day (preferably from midday to 1pm) to do something to support their mental wellbeing.

Whether it is doing something active and healthy, creative and fun, mindful and thoughtful, or restful and relaxing, there are a variety of ways your YMCA can get involved and celebrate the things that make us feel good.

You u can download the campaign resources CLICK HERE or via the website.

Secretary’s General Message:





World YMCA are delighted to be a partner for the historic YMCA175 event, to be held in London – our founding city – in August 2019.

Registrations are now open and all YMCAs are encouraged to promote the invitation to attend widely.

This is a shared global initiative for our 175th anniversary year and aims to connect thousands of inspiring young leaders to share their vision and personal experiences of social transformation to shape a positive and sustainable future for the world.

YMCA175 will be a unique four-day event at ExCeL London from 4-8 August 2019.

Secretary General of World YMCA, Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, said: “The significance of young leaders and key advocates, partners and supporters of YMCA converging on London, YMCAs founding place, in our anniversary year is not taken lightly. YMCA175 will be a defining moment in our history where our global mission of empowering more young leaders to make the world a better place for all will be at the forefront”.

YMCA175 will create an intensely packed programme that will drive young leaders’ agendas and actions at a local, national and global level.


YMCA175 is presented by YMCA Europe, hosted by YMCA England and Wales, in partnership with World YMCA, YMCA of the USA and YMCA World Urban Network.