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The Big Young People's Survey

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The Big Young People's Survey

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Amid the research after the pandemic, we felt no-one was asking young people themselves what change they wanted to see to help them feel more hopeful about the future.

So we set out to discover exactly that.

With help from our friends at Wagamama, we had the biggest conversation ever with young people about what society needs to do differently.

These voices shape the work we do at YoungMinds, and help to make a future that truly represents what young people want to see.

Diverse voices

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We are determined that the future we push for is representative of those voices that have been least represented in the mental health conversation.

That's why we commissioned online focus groups to speak to demographics of young people from across the country who charities traditionally struggle to hear from.

This meant focus groups with marginalised and minoritised groups, including Black young men, young Muslim women, young refugees and
asylum seekers, young trans and non-binary people and disabled young people.

  • Building on this insight, we designed our survey to understand at scale the vision of society that young people want to see for their mental health.
  • The data we gained forms the backbone of our movement for change, setting out our change agenda with the confidence that it truly represents the future young people want to see.

14,215 young people told us their views.

Thank you

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We want to say a big thank you to everybody who took part in the survey.

We are so grateful for all your responses.

Your voices have helped us to start something amazing, and set us on the path towards making the change you want to see.

We'd love for you to continue to be a part of our community and help us enact that change. Sign up to our newsletter for more ways to get involved and have your voice heard.

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