Between the B and the S word
Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. Richard Carlson
International Newsrooms are going with a fine-tooth comb over the financial fears from the trading floors in London to Brussels and positioning Brexit at the top of global calamities, ranking alongside Venezuela and the imminence of a nuclear war with North Korea.
Social investors play a key role when society decides to change its status quo and more than often, the charities designed to protect and support people who need help, are squeezed at both ends, left with no choice but to burn the bridge that holds hope for those less fortunate. Brexit is claimed to be the leading cause of the financial struggles charities are facing in 2019.
Official sources confirm that “1 in 4 people experience mental health challenges “. Really? On what scale, I wonder... How many people do you know, including the doctors who are trained to treat their patients, are not affected by mental health issues? Mental health knows no social borders. I look around me, and it is obvious that the B word affected an entire nation, and more than often I hear : “What’s wrong with him/her?” and “ What’s wrong with me?”.
Is it worth talking about Brexit and the stress that comes with it for those organisations who deal with Suicide Prevention?
Social investment is the oxygen for social organisations during transitioning into the unknown. The GBP lost 13% against the dollar since UK voted to leave the Eu in June 2016. Rightly or wrongly, that is a fact which none of us can ignore.
Looking at the income/expenditure balance sheet of the top 1000 charities in the UK, their survival is subject to individuals’ generosity. From car boot sales to marathons, local people are generating two thirds of the funds needed to help those in need ( Total income £19,635,169,600, Source CAF Charities Aid Foundation )
What are the chances for small charitable organisations to survive?
Are the highly paid executives of traditional- well- establish- big- reserve- charities going to invite to their state of the art headquarters, the grassroots energy and the streetwise credibility that small charities bring at the table?
Hard to say. Maybe, just maybe, now is the time for ‘small charities’ to go global.