“It’s ok not to be ok”

“It’s not weak to speak”

Every 40 seconds someone in the world takes their own life


75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday and 50% of mental health problems in adults take root before the age of 15. Many young people struggle to understand their own feelings and don’t know how to talk about them. This can lead to them suffering in silence, without the help they need. We want to change that and let young people know ‘it’s ok not to be ok’.

We believe that the treatment available for those suffering with mental illness is severely limited because of gross under-funding, and there could, and should be more effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment. By helping to change this, we hope that other families might avoid the unnecessary and tragic loss of a loved one in the way that the Dear family experienced last year.

The Grace Dear Trust is a mental health charity we set up after losing our daughter and sister, Grace, to suicide aged just 27 in February 2017. Our aim is to help save the lives of other young people suffering with mental health issues. Grace had been suffering with depression and anxiety from the age of 13, but hadn’t felt she could reach out to anyone to help her make sense of her feelings.

Not knowing why, she suffered in silence for many years. Eventually when Grace spoke out we tried to give the best help possible, but unfortunately it was too late.

Grace Dear Trust Simply Asset Finance chosen charity of the year

Proud to be Simply Asset Finance chosen charity of the year

“We want to raise awareness amongst school children, giving support to those who need it and preventing others from suffering so long in silence. We do this by funding seminars in schools, where guest speakers help young people understand the importance of mental well‐being.

We want to fund counsellors to visit schools, giving young people the help they need promptly and in an environment that isn’t intimidating. We also want to create a local network of professionals that young adults can reach out to.”

(Written by Graham, Karen, Jake, Rhys and Hope)

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Getting involved with a group doing something you love, either performing arts or sports, can improve your mental health. It can give you a purpose and help prevent your mind going into overdrive.

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The Grace Dear Trust Dinner & Dance 2019 💃

Starting last year in a small Italian restaurant in Surrey to last week, having nearly 200 people supporting us. Our annual Dinner and Dance is our opportunity to share with you all the great work we are doing in partnership with our local schools.

We won’t stop until our young people are getting the support they so desperately need!

Thank you just isn’t enough! We are overwhelmed with the support and generosity of everyone who joined us last Friday and made the night one to remember 💜

It’s ok not to be ok
Together we are stronger.
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Mondays can make everyone feel blue.

Just remember today is a new day, November is a new month and Mondays are the start of a new week!

Go out today and set yourself a measurable goal. Sometimes, when we feel we have completed something then it can give us a new burst of energy 🔋

What are your goals this week?

It’s ok not to be ok
Together we are stronger
Tolworth Girls' School
Thank you @hopevirgo_ for sharing your story so openly, providing staff and parents information on how we can best support someone who is struggling, and opening up the conversation around eating disorders 💜

Hope delivered sessions for us last night at our partnering school @tolworthgirlsschool

We hope everyone who came found the evening useful.

This is just the beginning!

Together we are stronger
It’s ok not to be ok