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Fund The Hubs

Join us in calling for a network of early support hubs across the country, which would provide young people somewhere to go when they first start to struggle with their mental health.

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Stop ignoring the mental health emergency: it’s time to #FundTheHubs

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We’re demanding the Government commits to #FundTheHubs, with a national roll out in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Spring Budget.

Now is an opportune moment for us to work together as a coalition to ensure that early support hubs are fully funded in 2024.

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About #FundTheHubs

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're 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.

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.

The campaign so far

At the end of October, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP set out the Budget, detailing where the Government would invest money over the next few years. Despite calls from a coalition of charities and backing from thousands of people across the country, there was no funding allocated for early support for young people’s mental health.

Read our Chief Executive's response to the Budget

In September, our Activists wrote an open letter to Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling on him to #FundTheHubs in the Autumn Spending Review.

An incredible 5,000 young people added their name to the letter, which four of our Activists personally delivered to Downing Street.

Stephen Fry and 53 organisations have backed these young people's call in a letter published in The Telegraph, echoing their plea for a serious funding commitment.

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The new Minister for Care and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan MP, went to an early support hub as her first visit as a Minister.

She visited an existing hub in Liverpool and spoke to young people about their experiences of using the service.

Thousands of you emailed your MP asking them to tell the Government to #FundTheHubs. This resulted in over 50 MPs taking an action for the campaign and getting early support hubs firmly on the government agenda.