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Reporting on mental health

The way the media reports on mental health can have a huge impact on public attitudes. Read our tips and advice for reporting on children and young people's mental health responsibly.

Reporting on mental health and young people

Mental health statistics

Young people’s mental health and wellbeing has never been so important. Take a look at these statistics, which show just how big the problem is for young people in the UK.

Mental health statistics
1 in 6
children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we can put forward young people who are able to talk about their experiences in interviews. Please get in touch to discuss an opportunity, with as much information as possible. We will then assess whether it is suitable, whether it is likely to be beneficial for the person being interviewed, and whether we can provide the appropriate support.

The Media team does not currently have the capacity to respond to requests from student journalists. Please explore our website for further information.

YoungMinds are leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Working closely with young people and families, we campaign on a number of issues impacting young people and their mental health.

Our activists campaign for political change and spread the message in schools, at events and online about how to look after your mental health.

We run a parents helpline, which offers free advice and support to any adult who’s worried about the behaviour or mental health of a young person.

We offer training and consultancy to professionals who work with children – including teachers, doctors and mental health services.

Finally, we provide a huge amount of information and support on our website and on social media.


The Media team does not usually have capacity to respond to research requests unless the documentary has been commissioned and the company is looking to feature our charity.

We can however consult on a script or the content of an upcoming programme or documentary. Please get in touch with the Media team to discuss this.

We are usually unable to approach our networks on behalf of production companies unless it is a documentary that we have been involved in.

Yes. See our mental health stats page.

No. CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – are specialist NHS services. Local areas have a number of different support services available. We are not part of CAMHS and we cannot provide access to mental health professionals that work for CAMHS.

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We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

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