About Fund The Hubs
Hundreds of thousands of young people are struggling with their mental health – and too often they can’t get support when they first need it.
We know that the earlier a young person gets support for their mental health, the more effective that support will be.
That’s why we are calling for a network of hubs across the country, which would provide early support for young people’s mental health when their problems first emerge.
Early support hubs already exist in some areas, and we want to build on these successful examples. We also need to ensure they have consistent, long-term funding.
Did you know?
- In July 2020, data from the NHS suggested that one in six young people now has a probable mental health disorder, up from one in nine in 2017.
- We surveyed young people in 2019 about their experiences of early support, two-thirds told us they could not find support when they first needed it.
- Three-quarters (78%) of young people in the same survey said that they had had to manage their mental health on their own when they couldn’t find help elsewhere, but only 17% felt confident in their ability to manage their mental health by themselves.
What is an early support hub?
An early support hub is a mental health and wellbeing hub that provides open access, flexible, early support for young people under 25 in their communities.
Watch our short video to find out more about hubs.
If you're under 25
For this model of early support hubs to be sustainable, the hubs need access to consistent, long-term funding. We're calling for this funding to be in addition to more investment in specialist NHS mental health services and youth services, as well as better support in schools.
This autumn, the Government decides where it will spend money for the next few years. Time is running out to tell them why they need to make mental health a priority.
Our Activists are calling on all young people to join their open letter to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. If you are under 25, you can support the campaign by adding your name to the letter.
If you're over 25
If you are over 25, we need you to share this action with your networks. Please send this on to any young people you think will want to add their name.
Please also share the action on Twitter and other social media channels.
This is just one action as part of a bigger campaign, so there will be lots more for you to do.
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