Supporting... Young Minds and fighting for young people's mental health

November 20, 2019 1:19 PM

Young Minds logoLib Dem Parliamentary Candidate David Kendall said: "I pledge to make young people's mental health a priority if I am elected. All young people should get support for their mental health as soon as they need it. @YoungMindsUK #ActEarly

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Worried young man (Photo by Christopher Campbell on Unsplash)Did you know?

Our recent survey found:

  • Two thirds of young people could not find support when they first needed it.
  • 75% of young people agreed 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 do this.
  • 71% of young people turned to their friends for help whilst waiting for mental health support
  • 77% of young people said pressure to do well at school had had a significant effect on their mental health
  • 69% of young people said worrying about how they look had had a significant effect on their mental health
  • 90% of GPs agreed that they had seen a rise in the number of young people seeking support for their mental health in the last three years. 4% disagreed.
  • Only 10% of GPs agreed that they usually felt confident that a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) would result in treatment. More than three-quarters (76%) disagreed.
  • Nearly half (47%) agreed that they sometimes acted above their level of competency when supporting young people with mental health problems. 28% disagreed.

Our solution

We're calling on the new government to introduce a bold cross-government strategy for children and young people's mental health, which will:

  • Address the factors that make young people's mental health worse
  • Support all young people and families to better understand and manage their mental health
  • Provide early intervention in every community
  • Reform and modernise our mental health services

…parent worried about my child

Speak to our experts at the Parents Helpline - call 0808 802 5544

Or email the Parents Helpline using our contact form.

Worried young man…young person looking for help and support

Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.

  • If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
  • All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
  • Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

Think you might have or been diagnosed with a mental health condition? See our guides on finding help.

Read our manifesto: A Strategy for Young People's Mental Health

You can read more about YoungMinds' campaign Act Early here: