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Help us create change Join our movement

We believe that all young people deserve to get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. That’s why we’re building a youth-led movement for change. Find out how you can get involved.

Why we need to see change

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We know 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

We know this because you’ve told us.

We’ve spoken to thousands of young people like you about your experiences with mental health because we want your voices to shape the work we do and make a future that represents the changes you want to see.

Together we can build a society where no young person feels alone with their mental health.

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Deconstructing the system

It is difficult to remain optimistic about the state of young people’s mental health. With a global pandemic, political instability, cultural shifts and global crises, it’s not surprising that young people are feeling isolated, hopeless and anxious about the uncertainty of their future.

Our ‘Deconstructing the system’ report shines a light on the young people’s mental health crisis in the UK. It aims to look beyond the areas we normally engage with to explore what’s really driving the crisis and find out why so many young people are reaching out for help.

Read the full report
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Our stories

‘Our stories’ is a platform that brings together the voices of young people like you to tell their stories. It shares the real and lived experiences behind the young people’s mental health crisis, forming part of a wider story about growing up in the UK.

These stories will underpin the changes we need to see to build a society where all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Explore the ‘Our stories’ platform to hear stories from other young people like you 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 the testimonials of 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 shows how we're fighting for the online world to be a safer and kinder place for young people.

The young people behind the movement

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We believe that creating change has to start with young people.

That’s why we put them at the heart of our movement, leading the conversation and shaping everything we do. Meet the young people behind our movement for change below.

Youth Panel

Our Youth Panel puts young people's voices at the centre of everything we do. 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

Activists

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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