YMHD with our charity partner stem4

The annual YMHD campaign from WhoSki.com’s charity partner stem4 aims to get young people talking and taking part in activities to improve their mental health, and to support others to do likewise. Taking place on September 22nd, Youth Mental Health Day 2022 is focusing on sharing stories to enable young people to connect.

stem4 is an award-winning organisation which specialises in developing and distributing free apps (backed by the NHS) to help young people cope with mental health issues. Of the 2,007 young people the charity surveyed ahead of Youth Mental Health Day, nearly half (46%) said they were
currently experiencing mental health difficulties.

Here at WhoSki.com we donate 25% of our commission from every sale to stem4. So, by selling through our peer-to-peer marketplace, you are directly helping support teenage mental health.

CONNECT MEANINGFULLY

Over the past few years, young people have been forced to experience many of their most formative experiences virtually—from joining a new school, college, university or workplace, to celebrating milestones such as exams and big birthdays.

By focusing on the importance of meaningful connections and having a solid support system, this year’s YMHD is inviting young people across the UK to reflect on how their relationships (with family, friends, teachers etc.) have changed over the past few years.

stem4 is inviting them to share ideas and set goals on how they can #ConnectMeaningfully to foster relationships that will support and positively impact their mental health.

The Wimbledon-based charity is best known for its four, award-winning, NHS-approved, free mental health apps, including Calm Harm and Combined Minds, which have been downloaded by more than 3.2 million people globally.

WHOSKI AND STEM4

Partnering with stem4 is our way of supporting a charity which helps teenagers access positive mental health support easily, and through their phones. Every item you buy or sell through WhoSki.com directs a charitable donation to this important cause.

We chose stem4 as our charity partner in recognition of the mental health benefits of taking part in wintersports activities like skiing and snowboarding. Being active outdoors, in the mountains and the fresh air brings benefits for both mental and physical health.

BACK TO THE SLOPES

Season 2022/23 looks likely to be the first academic year since 2018/19 when school / college timetables go ahead as normal. We know that our school ski trips partner Halsbury Ski will be running a full schedule of ski trips. Likewise, UK universities are gearing up to get back to the slopes – in many cases, for the first time in three years.

How to be a sustainable student skier

Here’s hoping that all who are planning a ski trip to the slopes in the coming months find it beneficial for their mental and physical health – in particular the young people who have so suffered so much from isolation and limited opportunities in their formative years.

Find out more about stem4 and YMHD here.

Hurry to WhoSki.com for half-term ski trip essentials

  • Half-term ski trip booked: CHECK
  • Boxes of wintersports clothing retrieved from the loft: CHECK

Like so many others, it’s two years since I last enjoyed a ski holiday (thanks for nothing, pandemic), and – predictably – half the family’s winter wardrobe doesn’t fit.

Sounds familiar? With just a fortnight until thousands of us hit the slopes, there is no chance that any ski or snowboard clothing donated to the charity shop will be sorted and on sale in time to help out another family this season.

But there is still time to shake down your good-as-new clothes, upload them to WhoSki.com (using our new, super-simple marketplace tech) and see them go to a good home.

FIXED-PRICE INSTANT SALES MEAN THERE’S STILL TIME TO SELL – and buy

So if you’re also having a ski kit clear-out, why not sell on your unwanted good-as-new clothing before you head off? And browse our re-launched WhoSki.com marketplace (new items being added all the time) to fill the gaps in your family’s ski and snowboard wardrobe.

Sales via our website are fixed-price so you don’t have to wait for an auction to come to an end, with transactions handled safely by trusted provider Stripe. Find out more about how to buy and sell via WhoSki.com here.

It’s free to register at WhoSki.com, and we donate 25% of our commission to teen mental health charity stem4 on every sale.

Clear out your wardrobe, prevent still useable ski clothing from going to landfill AND do some good: what are you waiting for?

Remember, too, to save putting away the stuff you won’t use again by posting it for sale on WhoSki.com when you return. It’s so simple to use our new upload system, you could do it from your phone while hanging around at the airport or in the car on the way home. Simply register, upload pics and details and click POST LISTING. It is literally that easy.

You’ll be helping people who ski later in the season (at Easter, for example) as well as the environment. Did you know that around 75% of clothing donated to charity shops fails to find a home?

Boost your family’s mental health with #PMHD

You may spend a lot of time worrying about the mental health of your offspring, but how often do you think about your own?

Our charity partner stem4 has nominated today Thursday (January 27) as Parent Mental Health Day (#PMHD) to highlight that by looking after our own mental health, we can in turn improve outcomes for our children. It makes perfect sense.

The theme of the event is ‘balance’:  #TiptheBalance to Positive: Looking after Parent and Carer Mental Health, and comes with a free Zoom seminar at 7pm this evening (27/01/2022). Register here: https://bit.ly/stem4webinarsPMHD

We donate 25% of our commission on every sale through WhoSki.com to stem4, which is Wimbledon-based (as are we) and focuses on practical ways to improve teenage mental health through developing apps and support programmes.

This year’s #PMHD is a nudge for parents and carers to take a moment to reflect on the balance (or lack of it) we have in our lives, and take simple, positive steps that can bring changes.

You might find it hard to believe at times, but as a young person’s ‘responsible adult’ you are among their chief influencers – building on this position of influence can be a positive way to improve mental health for every member of your family.

Perhaps your next family ski trip might be a good time to put some stem4 positive mental health tips into practice? Combined Minds is among the highly rated apps the charity has developed to support its aim of fostering the development of good mental health in teenagers through enhancing early understanding and awareness.

Schuss into spring 2022 with new-look WhoSki.com

Welcome to new-look WhoSki.com. We’ve had a marketplace makeover, making it quicker and easier to buy and sell pre-loved wintersports wear on our UK-based website, with transactions powered by Stripe for financial confidence and security.

What’s new?

  • upload technology SO SIMPLE that you can list your no-longer-needed clothing by mobile as you travel to and from the piste
  • reliable click-to-buy transactions powered by trusted provider Stripe
  • focused ski and snowboard community: no trawling through page after page of irrelevant content
  • #SkiGreen Directory to help you make eco-choices when you visit the slopes

PLUS we continue to donate a quarter of our commission to teen mental health charity stem4 on every sale.

Think green as you head for the mountains

Sustainability is the No1 reason why we set up WhoSki.com. Extending the lifetime of textiles is the most environmentally friendly way to keep clothing in circulation and out of landfill. It’s a step that we can all take, by passing on our good quality, secondhand clothes to other enthusiasts.

Experts calculate that extending the active life of clothing by just three months per item, leads to a 5-10% reduction in the carbon, water and waste footprints of your family’s no-longer-needed ski and snowboard outfits.

Find out more about sustainability in winter sports and the fast business on our Eco page here.

Meanwhile, around three-quarters of clothing donated to charity shops fails to find a home – especially specialist items like ski wear – and a mere 15% of our textile waste is recycled.

The good news is, every one of us can make a difference. So why not put sustainability on your to-do list this back-to-ski season? Selling through WhoSki.com instantly reduces the carbon footprint of your wintersports habit, helps you earn a bit of money and keeps down the cost of kitting out yourself and your family.

Sell simply and safely in our dedicated community

So whether you’ve fallen out of love with your wintersports wardrobe since you were last on the slopes, or had a clear-out and realised those ski and snowboard clothes no longer fit, the WhoSki.com shop is the place to sell them, simply and safely.

We look forward to welcoming you to our refreshed online marketplace – join us too on social media, @WeWhoSki on Twitter and Instagram.

Making a difference: helping young people during lockdown

Challenging times make the work of our charity partner stem4 more important than ever, so we were pleased to catch up with what difference our – your – donations on every sale are making during the pandemic.

We charge 20% commission on sales at WhoSki.com, and pass on a quarter of that sum to teen mental health charity stem4. By doing good for the environment through extending the use of your preloved ski and snowboard clothing, you are also helping support the wellbeing of young people.

Lockdown and its limitations on travel mean that sales at WhoSki.com have been hit. Let’s face it, how many of us have gone anywhere near the piste since last March? However, we are keen to honour our commitment to our charity partner, so recently made an extra donation to the stem4 coffers. We believe that the work of stem4 is more important than ever during this difficult period.

Supporting mental health

We were therefore pleased to hear that our donation helps provide free access to vital resources for thousands of young people via Calm Harm, a potentially life-saving app for those experiencing urges to self-harm.

A spokesperson for stem4 explains: “Your support is so important to us, and never more than at a time when many young people are finding it hard to adapt to new and ongoing restrictions and a way of living which may have a negative impact on their mental health.

“Having support such as yours, enables us to reach as many teenagers and young people as possible through our award-winning apps, digital resources and informative website.

“stem4 pledges to reach 100,000 young people annually, has 543 schools signed up to our Head Ed secondary school mental health programme and seen over two million downloads of our free digital apps to date.

Responding to need

“Whilst our face-to-face conferences are on hold, we continue our aim to extend our reach to highlight the importance of early identification and intervention of mental health conditions and improve and enhance access to free clinically informed resources. I’m delighted to report that two parent conferences were digitally delivered to audiences of several hundred parents and support such as yours enables us to deliver when and where it’s most needed.

“stem4 has worked tirelessly over the past year to respond to urgent need, to secure funding to create and deliver new COVID-19 specific resources and video guides and to culturally and linguistically adapt our resources through translation to support BAME communities most affected by the pandemic. We aim to expand our reach further into 2021, and to support the inevitable negative impact on young people’s mental health from COVID-19.”

We proudly donate 25% of the commission we take on every sale at WhoSki.com to stem4. You can make additional private donations via their website here.

Launch offer: we are donating 100% of our commission to charity

As WhoSki.com opens for the sale and purchase of secondhand ski clothing, we are FOR A LIMITED PERIOD diverting our commission so that it goes 100% directly to our partner teen mental health charity stem4.

That means, 20% on everything sold through our site will help foster the development of good mental health in teenagers through enhancing early understanding and awareness in individuals, their families, schools and the community, promoting shared early detection and signposting towards prompt action and intervention.

Normally, we donate 25% of our commission to Wimbledon-based stem4. But we have chosen to waive our takings for a limited time in order to give a well-deserved boost to this charity, which has already worked with 11.5k young people nationally since it was set up in 2011.

We believe that teenage mental health is the perfect partner for WhoSki.com, because those of us who ski know that being in the mountains is a brilliant way to escape the stresses of everyday life, enjoy the glorious mountain scenery, connect with nature and get a healthy workout.

Supporting stem4 is our way of sharing that feelgood factor and ensuring your pre-loved ski clothing provides benefits for those who can’t make it to the slopes – as well as those who can but need some extra support.

This is our first season as a peer-to-peer marketplace for secondhand ski and snowboard clothing, so we are keen to find out how we can make it easier to buy and sell used wintersports gear online. Keep in touch via twitter, Instagram and facebook and let us know your thoughts.

We want to see less clothing end up in landfill. Technical items like ski jackets are among the hardest items to recycle due to the mixed fabrics and coatings. Yet they are also among the most hardwearing. That’s why much secondhand ski clothing is literally as good as new, even after a few seasons of wear.

You are more likely to get sick of wearing the same salopettes year after year than see them wear out. WhoSki.com is your chance to pass on that used but barely worn clothing without suffering eco-guilt, and pick up something new (to you) to wear without creating #fastfashion fatigue.

Supporting teen mental health

Fresh air, nature, the great outdoors: all are proven to have a positive effect on mental health and all are among the reasons we love skiing.

So when we were looking for a charity to support with funds raised via the WhoSki.com website, stem4 seemed the perfect choice.

It’s a fairly young (like us) charity, based in Wimbledon (like us), with ambitions to do good (like us!), making it the perfect match.  We were delighted when they agreed to team up with us, becoming our official charity partner to enable youngsters to benefit from our – and your – ski habit.

So we will be donating 25% of the commission we charge on every sale to stem4. That means EVERY TIME you sell an item in WhoSki.com, we donate money to the stem4 teenage mental health charity: even during special offer periods when we waive our own commission on sales.

What do stem4 do?

As a teen mental health charity, stem4 has the aim of improving the lives of young people by detecting and stemming common mental health problems at an early stage. They provide information on identification, intervention and effective management of commonly occurring teenage mental health issues. This information is shared through videos, a number of apps, conferences for schools, students, parents and health professionals, as well as their own website.