To fundraise for Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, 6-year-old Jasmine walked 31 miles dressed in various uplifting costumes. This year, she wanted to go bigger and better.
Inspired by one of her favourite quotes, which she has on her bedside ‘Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains’, Jasmine decided she wanted to climb one for Place2Be. Mum Abbey and Jasmine researched mountains in and around the UK and decided on Mount Snowdon—the highest peak in Wales.
Originally scheduled for during Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, the incredible climb had to be postponed due to severe weather warnings. But conditions were still far from kind on the day. Leaving home at 5am, Abbey and Jasmine arrived to start the walk at 7:30am, in heavy rain.
On Jasmine’s Snowdon climb, mum Abbey said: “As we ascended, the visibility lessened, the rain turned to hail then the hail turned to snow and ice. Determined not to give up, Jasmine found some inner strength and persevered to reach the Summit—receiving a round of applause and even donations from fellow hikers.”
“As a mother, and someone who has experienced mental health difficulties, I actively encourage open and honest conversations with my children where they can discuss their feelings, both positive and negative. Jasmine is very caring and empathetic towards her friends, and ‘doesn’t want anyone to ever be sad’.
“I am an advocate of early intervention. Through our discussions and fundraising activities, Jasmine understands the importance of speaking out about how she is feeling and encouraging others to do the same.
After completing the incredible climb, Jasmine reflected that she “is stronger than she thought, and you should never give up.”
Jasmine’s advice to anyone struggling with their mental health
- Talk – to your parents, family, friends, teachers, or anybody that you feel comfortable talking to and SHARE your feelings.
- Do something you enjoy, crafting, a jigsaw, a game, seeing some friends.
- Go for a walk and keep active, fresh air is very good for you.
- Never give up!
Jasmine’s tips for other children who’d like to take on a big challenge like this
- Decide what you would like to do. Giving your time up for an event, no matter how big or small, is a massive achievement.
- Get a grown- up involved to help with the important bits like supplies, weather, keeping safe and how you’ll get there.
- Tell your school, local newspaper and all of the clubs you go to outside of school.
- Tell everybody about what you are doing and why it is important – have your sponsorship forms or fundraising page handy.
- Remember to HAVE FUN, and congratulate yourself on deciding to help other people.