We are the UK's only charity committed to improving the mental health of children and young people. Almost one million children in the UK suffer from mental ill health, many of them in silence, fearful of being bullied, ridiculed or demonised by society. We reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health and give young people and their families the knowledge and confidence to get help. We also work with services to ensure that the help they get is fast and high quality.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
An average of three children in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders or psychosis. It isn't a problem isolated to specific communities but can affect children and young people from any background and in any location. Whilst the stigma associated remains so high, many children and young people will remain quiet about their problems, ignoring them, whilst they escalate and become entrenched.
How will this project solve this problem?
We give young people a voice, helping them raise awareness of the importance of emotional wellbeing, reduce stigma and improve mental health services. Our website and helpline gives young people, and their parents, the confidence that they aren't alone in their experiences and gives them the confidence and knowledge to work together to get the right support, at an early stage. We also work with professionals improving services and with the government to change policy.
Potential Long Term Impact
Early resolution and management of problems helps children and young people to become healthy, active members of their communities. Not limited to improved long-term mental health, resolution has a range of other benefits including improved physical health and better academic attainment (children with persistent emotional disorders are more likely to either be excluded from school or leave with no academic qualifications).
Total Funding Received to Date: £900
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £15,119
Total Funding Goal: £16,019