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#FightingFor Report

Our #FightingFor report finds that despite greater awareness about young people's mental health, support is still too hard to find.

Published for our 25th anniversary, our #FightingFor report shows that while most people believe that there is less stigma about mental health than there used to be, young people and parents face a huge range of barriers to finding the right support.

We conducted two major surveys with more than 2,700 young people who have looked for support for their mental health and more than 1,600 parents whose children have looked for support.

The findings show that:

  • Only 9% of young people and 6% of parents reported that they had found it easy to get the support they needed. 66% of young people and 84% of parents reported they had found it difficult.
  • Only 6% of young people and 3% of parents agreed that there is enough support for children and young people with mental health problems. 81% of young people and 94% of parents disagreed.

Young people and parents reported barriers at every stage in their search for help. When asked what barriers they had faced, if any, to getting support for their mental health:

  • 51% of young people said that they hadn’t understood what they were going through
  • 23% of parents said that their child hadn’t told them what they were going through
  • 42% of parents reported problems getting help from school or college
  • 29% reported having problems getting help from their GP.
Days can turn into weeks, weeks can turn into months, months can turn into years- this refers to the waiting time for mental health support for many children and their families. With YoungMinds, I am striving to change this situation so no-one has to suffer like my son did.
Catherine, Parent

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YoungMinds exists so that young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health. We need your help to make sure that voice is heard.

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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