A New Era for Young People's Mental Health

A New Era for Young People's Mental Health

Read about how we're calling on the Government for an ambitious new funding settlement, matched by a fresh approach to how we support young people with mental health needs.

We're #FightingFor a new era for young people's mental health, where help is available to every young person who reaches out. Growing numbers of young people are seeking help for their mental health, meaning that an already over-stretched system is a long way from meeting demand. 

That is why we are fighting for a new era for young people's mental health, where help is available for every young person who reaches out. 

The publication of the NHS Long Term Plan this Autumn presents a crucial opportunity to tackle the crisis once and for all. This will require an ambitious new funding settlement, matched by a fresh approach to supporting young people with emerging needs. 

Read our full report for more information on what we're calling for. 

We carried out a survey with more than 2,000 parents and carers of children who have looked for mental health support. This showed that: 

  • Three-quarters (76%) of parents said that their children's mental health had deteriorated while waiting for support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).  
  • The longer children were left to wait, the more likely it was that their mental health worsened. 85% of parents whose children had waited more than six months said that their children's mental health had deteriorated, including 64% who said that their children's mental health had deteriorated a lot. 
  • Two thirds (69%) of parents said that neither they nor their children had been signposted to any other form of support during the time they were waiting for support from CAMHS.
I know too many people who have been dropped in difficult times due to a sheer lack of staff and resources. CAMHS are just not able to meet the demand of today's level of mental health issues.
Elizabeth, YoungMinds Activist

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The amount of times I’d tried to break out of this shell, talk about ‘I’m feeling a bit down’, ‘I’m feeling a bit scared’, I couldn’t do it. And now I can do it openly.
Alex, Youth Activist
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