Action Mental Health wants everyone to make sure they have a mentally ‘Elfie’ Christmas while helping to raise much needed funds to support the charity’s vital services for people of all ages across Northern Ireland.
This festive season Action Mental Health is launching the ‘Elfie Day’ campaign and calling on people to get involved on 11th December. The campaign is designed to encourage everyone to get into the seasonal spirit with AMH’s new yuletide sprite, Elfie.
Action Mental Health’s festive Elfie friend wants everyone to look the part for the day, by dressing up and also using AMH’s handy Yuletide collection of hat, beard and ears (available in our helpful fundraising pack). All you have to do is cut them out and post a selfie on our social media channels: it’s that easy! After such a tough year, it’s a great way to have some fun with friends, family and work colleagues and spread a little happiness– at a safe, social distance, of course!
Elfie is one of our Healthy Me characters, who spends the rest of the year helping our Project Workers who are supporting children aged from 8 to 11 to learn all about looking after their mental health and well-being in local primary schools.
You can join our little festive sprite by hosting an Elfie-themed fancy dress day and take some Elfie selfies; by setting up an online Christmas quiz or party night; or by organising a sponsored Elfie-themed walk or run. Or, why not hold an Elfie day at home, when you can decorate the house, bake an Elfie-based cake and sing along to festive tunes and then make a donation to support Action Mental Heath’s work.
You can register to host your Elfie day by clicking here.
Supporters are also being encouraged to take a daily dip into Elfie’s advent calendar for seasonal snippets of wisdom and inspirational messages and ideas for festive frolics aimed at promoting well-being at a time when some struggle more with their mental health. The advent calendar will be ‘opened’ everyday on AMH’s social media channels.
All funds raised will help support AMH’s local services. For example £65 could help to pay for a counselling session for a local person who is struggling to cope; £285 could help to pay for a 6 week arts-based therapy programme for a child; £500 could help to pay for specialist training to help people develop strategies for dealing with stress & anxiety; £1000 could help to pay for a resilience building programme to be delivered in a local primary school and £2000 could help to pay for a holistic family therapy Intervention programme for local families.
AMH has produced a comprehensive Fundraising Pack to provide a host of ideas on how to best to mark Elfie day, so visit amh.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the fundraising elves on 028 9182 8494.