Healing Starts Here

Healing Starts Here

Welcome to our Healing Starts Here campaign, running as part of Big Give’s Kind²Mind initiative from May 14 – 28 2024. During Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13 – 19 2024) , we’ll be spotlighting the critical link between mental health and domestic abuse. We’ll also be exploring how therapeutic interventions can break cycles of abuse and promote healing, and fundraising for our vital programme, For Baby’s Sake

Donations made through Kind2Mind will be generously doubled by Big Give, so your kindness can go twice as far. 

1 in 5

Around 1 in 5 children in the UK experience domestic abuse, often when still in the womb.

1001 days

Exposure to domestic abuse in the first 1001 days of life affects a child’s mental health and life outcomes. 

2 in 3

Around 2 in 3 For Baby's Sake parents have a complex mental health need.

"The mental health crisis within domestic abuse must be addressed holistically. We need a cross-sector approach involving healthcare, education, social services, and law enforcement to provide robust mental health support, early intervention, and trauma-informed care."
Lauren Seager-Smith
CEO, The For Baby's Sake Trust
"Our data underscores the urgent need for mental health-centred intervention strategies. This includes increased access to mental health services, trauma-informed care, and policies that prioritise mental health in domestic abuse prevention and family support."
Dame Lin Homer
Chair of The For Baby's Sake Trust

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  • Donate through the Big Give platform during the campaign period to support crucial initiatives. Your contribution directly supports families in breaking the cycle of domestic abuse, improving mental health outcomes for generations to come.
  • Share our campaign across social media using #HealingStartsHere to amplify our message and reach. 
  • To heighten awareness of the link between mental health and domestic abuse, especially in relation to intergenerational trauma and ACEs.
  • To raise funds for our vital programme, For Baby’s Sake, which provides trauma-informed therapeutic support to families across the UK experiencing domestic abuse. 
  • Exposure to domestic abuse is associated with adverse outcomes for babies and parents, including postnatal and antenatal depression, disrupted neurodevelopment and poor mental health.
  • Domestic abuse has a profound impact on mental health, but with support, healing is possible. 

Big Give's Kind2Mind Mental Health Initiative

Mental health challenges affect a large proportion of the population – many of which go unseen or unsaid. Kind²Mind seeks to support charities offering valuable services to address, prevent, research, treat, campaign and raise awareness about mental health as part of their work. 

Kind²Mind utilises a multi model of match funding. This match funding is unlocked by public donations given through Big Give’s online fundraising platform during the campaign. Running throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, this campaign is for charities improving mental health as part of their work. 

We’re thrilled to be a part of this campaign, and welcome the opportunity to raise awareness of our work, and raise funds to support families impacted by domestic abuse. Donate today and Big Give will help your kindness to go twice as far. 

A poem by one of our parents

We were deeply moved reading this poem by one of our incredible For Baby’s Sake parents, written for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, and we’re honoured to be able to share it as part of our campaign. 

‘When the darkness consumes your body and soul,
Lost in the blackness with nowhere to go,
Your body is broken and your brain too,
You wonder what life even has in store for you.


You grab the nearest thing to harm yourself,
Losing reality whilst the demons are too loud,
The world it is all black and white, you feel like no one is there,
You feel like you’re all alone and no-one even cares,
The nights they drag on and on,
You’re sure life is too much,
So you let the pain hurt you,
You get that small rush.


But the truth be known there is a purpose for you.
Within this life it’s not all doom and gloom,
Your battle may be just a few weeks or maybe even years,
But stay strong my darling even through all of the tears.


For one day the storm it will be said and gone,
No-one can stop your new mindset, you’ll prove everyone wrong.
They may stand and watch and worry you,
But keep pushing forward and they’ll start applauding you’.

Thank you so much to our parents for their resilience, commitment and openness. 

Adverse Childhood Experiences, Domestic Abuse and Mental Health

Understanding the impact Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can be one way help us to understand the link between domestic abuse and mental health. In our new blog, shared as part of our Healing Starts Here campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ll dive into some of the connections between ACEs, domestic abuse, and mental health, drawing on extensive evidence and data from The For Baby’s Sake Trust.  

Domestic Abuse and Mental Health Support

If you or someone you know is impacted by the themes of our Healing Starts Here campaign, there are resources available to provide support and assistance. Reach out to local domestic abuse hotlines for immediate help and safety: 

Additionally, mental health organisations like Mind and YoungMinds can offer support and guidance for those experiencing mental health challenges. Remember, reaching out for help is a courageous step towards healing, and there are caring professionals ready to support you on your journey.

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