Brothers, Skyler, aged 10 and Ellis, 12 from Skipton, have today been announced as the winners of the Yorkshire Housing Young Person Award for 2018. They were chosen as the winners by the Yorkshire Housing customer services committee, having been nominated by their aunty, Hayley.
The pair have spent the past 18-months campaigning alongside their family’s charity, Samuel’s Rainbow, to raise funds and awareness for male mental health issues. Since losing their father and uncle in the space of just a few years to suicide, Skyler and Ellis have made it their mission to get men talking about mental health.
Set up by their family, the charity uses social media and fundraising campaigns to try remove the stigma of male mental health issues and encourage the NHS to improve their mental health services. The charity particularly focuses on services for young men, who, according to the Samaritans, are statistically more than three times more likely to take their own life.
Skyler and Ellis’ mum Stacey said: I’m so proud of these two and to see their efforts formally recognised means so much to me, our friends and family. Skyler and Ellis have had a lot to deal with over the past few years but they’ve held the family together.”
Yorkshire Housing community investment manager James said: “The brothers have had to deal with more than most adults do in their entire lives. The way they’ve reacted is incredible, Skyler and Ellis deserve Yorkshire Housing’s Young Persons Award and I’m proud that we can show our gratitude to them.”
To find out more about Samuel’s Rainbow, head to the campaign’s Facebook page.