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Young people are facing a mental health emergency in the UK: we need to revolutionise how society supports you with your mental health. Your stories, your experiences and your voices can change the world – and we won’t stop standing with you until it’s the world you deserve. Find out how you can get involved.

Why we need to see change

Young people deserve to receive support before they hit a crisis point. There is so much that needs to change to create a future where no young person feels alone with their mental health.

Right now:

  • one in four 17-19 year olds have a probable mental health problem
  • more than half of young people waited for over a month for mental health support after seeking it
  • almost half a million young people are either waiting for or undergoing treatment with mental health services every month
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Changing the way things work

It’s hard to stay positive about young people’s mental health support when there’s not enough out there. Growing up today is tough. From the cost-of-living crisis to the climate emergency, the impact on young people’s mental health is undeniable, and you’re tired. But there’s still hope for a better future, and the only way we can make this happen is by making sure your stories and ideas are heard and force the change we all need.

Our ‘Deconstructing the system’ report shines a light on the young people’s mental health emergency in the UK. Find out why so many young people are reaching out for help and what they think needs to change.

Read the full report

Our stories

‘Our stories’ brings together the voices of young people telling their stories. It shares the real experiences behind the young people’s mental health emergency and what it’s like growing up in the UK.

Explore ‘Our stories’ to hear from young people and discover the impact your voice can have on society.

Find out more

How we're calling for change

Hundreds of thousands of young people are struggling with their mental health – and too often they can’t get support when they need it. Too many are being told to wait, struggling to cope and hitting crisis point before they get help.

That’s why we’re calling for change.

Join us in calling for the Government to #EndTheWait and deliver on its promise to end the crisis in young people’s mental health.

Find out more about our campaign

We’re also calling for change on policy related to children and young people's mental health.

  • These calls for change are based on our research and stories from young people.

    Our latest report on the Online Safety Bill outlines the harmful impacts that social media is having on young people’s mental health and how we're fighting for the online world to be a safer and kinder place for you.

The young people behind the movement

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Creating change can start with young people

Young people are already doing so much to change the world for the better. You’re already organising, spreading joy, demanding change and sharing your mental health experiences - we want to make these stories impossible to ignore. And through our work with young people, you continue to teach us every day how to keep pushing for the society we all need.

Meet the young people behind the movement.

Youth Panel

Our Youth Panel puts young people's voices at the centre of our work. They discuss the big picture questions about our organisation, inform our strategy and make decisions to help shape the future of the charity.

Find out more about our Youth Panel


Our Activists campaign for change by raising their voices about mental health. They help to shape and influence our work and create positive change for young people.

Find out more about our Activists

Youth Advisors

Our Youth Advisors work alongside our staff to make sure everything we do is done in partnership with young people. They champion youth voice and advocate for meaningful participation in our work.

Find out more about our Youth Advisors

Young writers

Our writers share their stories and personal experiences to support other young people with their mental health. Participants on our Writers Programme produce a zine full of stories and illustrations, and our bloggers offer tips and advice on the YoungMinds blog.

Find out more about our young writers

Get involved

If you want to help us create a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, start by joining our community of young people. Be part of our movement for change.

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