Lewis Hamilton Instagram takeover

On the 22nd of June 2020, Lewis Hamilton invited four of Comic Relief's partners to take over his 16 million strong Instagram account. The takeover showcased the work of community champions challenging injustice during the coronavirus pandemic on a daily basis in the UK and in Brazil.

Lewis strongly believes in education and learning as the keys to unlock a more equal future. Through his philanthropic work, Lewis aims to support and inspire disadvantaged young people, both in the UK and abroad through a partnership with Comic Relief in 2020-21.

Fight for Peace, UK

Fight for Peace’s programmes are open to all young people aged 7-25 years old, providing the support, access to opportunities and safe environment they need to achieve their full potential. The Fight for Peace approach combines education, employability and leadership programmes, with combat sports training, personal development sessions and youth support services.

Lethius is the Partnerships Officer at Fight for Peace in London and was formerly a participant at the Academy himself. He now supports other young people to overcome obstacles in their path and build positive futures for themselves.

Fight for Peace Brazil (Luta Pela Paz)

Based in the Complexo da Maré favelas, Rio de Janeiro, Luta pela Paz is where the Fight for Peace story began. Here, life for young people can often be about facing down odds and overcoming considerable barriers. It’s the strength and courage required for this that Luta pela Paz nurtures and develops, using a holistic approach combining combat sports, education and personal development.

Ana Caroline is the Head of Programmes at Luta pela Paz in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She is passionate about supporting children and young people to create better, more equal and more dignified futures.

YMCA Sutton Coldfield, UK

‘Virtually Minded’, a project ran by YMCA Sutton Coldfield, increases engagement in social action by young men aged 11-18 in three of the areas of North Birmingham. The project will support them to improve their aspirations, gain skills & experience. 

Reece, now 18, experienced depression and anxiety when he was at school. Through the YMCA Sutton Coldfield, Reece found he was able to open up about his mental health, and he now mentors younger members. 

42nd Street, UK

42nd Street in Greater Manchester supports young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional well-being and mental health, promoting choice and creativity, and championing young person centred approaches.

Film42 is their national campaign co-created with young black men,  using creative digital tools to challenge mental health services to improve access for young black men – raising awareness, providing individual therapeutic support and specialist support around sexual violence.

Reece is 42nd Street’s Young Black Men's Engagement Worker. 

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Mental Health Resources

Looking after your mental health is really important right now. No-one should have to struggle in silence. If you are feeling worried, angry, upset or just need some-one to speak to, or you are worried about some close to you, you can contact the following organisations: 

In the UK you can phone: 

  • MIND: 0300 123 3393

  • Samaritans:116 123

In Brazil you can visit:

For links to organisations and resources across the world please visit psycom.net(opens in new window).