MENTAL health campaigner Hayley Carroll from Skipton has raised more than £1,000 towards the running of community cafes.

Hayley, Young Citizen of the Year, in the Craven Community Champion Awards, set up Samuel's Rainbow last year after her younger brother took his own life.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of mental health issues among young men and to increase the support available for those suffering with depression.

Hayley wants to dispel the stigma surrounding mental health issues stopping people, such as depressed young men, from talking about it and getting help.

And as part of her campaign, she held a raffle which raised £1,021 towards the running of community cafes, which are run by Horton Housing in Skipton and in Settle and which provide informal learning for those who are lonely, isolated, or are suffering mental health issues.

"It would be nice to see more places like the cafe, where people can refer themselves, meet others in their situation and speak voluntarily," she said.

"It is also about getting people there, making them aware of the services that are available."

Following Samuel's death in May last year, an online petition created by Hayley and her family to raise awareness and support for young men suffering from depression received more than 10,000 signatures.

Samuel's Rainbow campaigns for more community based services to support mental heath and more accessible spaces with shorter waiting lists for those in need of help.


To find out more about the campaign, visit the

Samuel's Rainbow Facebook page