Our Impact Reports

See how we made a difference to children and young people in this year’s impact report.

Our impact in 2017-18

Every year we report on the progress we’ve made and how we’ve achieved what we set out to. Our annual impact reports showcase some of the great work we do and provide a check-in to make sure we’re still on track to meet our strategic objectives as well as outline where we go next.

In 2017-18 we delivered against 4 strategic objectives:

  1. We ensured the most vulnerable children and young people get help by fostering innovation to meet their needs.
  2. We promoted good mental health to more children and young people than ever before.
  3. We empowered young people and parents to be a force for change by championing their voices to infl uence mental health policy and practice.
  4. We help professionals provide excellent support by inspiring excellence to achieve transformed, integrated services.

We’re fighting for the most vulnerable young people

  • We supported 322 professionals to help build resilience in asylum seeking and refugee children, through our YoungMinds Welcome programme.
  • We supported 409 frontline staff to work more effectively with children and young people affected by trauma, through our Addressing Adversity course.
  • Our HeadMeds website helped 1,170,713 people with straight-talking advice and information about mental health medication.
  • Our Always campaign is strengthening the rights of young people in inpatient care and their families. We led the sector support for new legislation, Steve Reed MP’s Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill.
  • We led the way on fighting for trauma-informed services and care to be a national priority, publishing Addressing Adversity, which brought together the latest evidence on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the mental health of young people.

We’re fighting to promote good health

  • Our Parents Helpline gave high quality support and advice to 12,733 parents, with 77% of parents saying they felt more informed after contacting the helpline.
  • We got 60,000 people to show young people they’re not alone with their mental health during #HelloYellow on World Mental Health Day.
  • Our Wise Up campaign secured major breakthrough in ensuring wellbeing becomes a priority in all schools, with significant wins included in the Government’s Green Paper on children’s mental health.
  • Our new website has been accessed 4.6 million times by over a million people in the UK.
  • Our live, interactive parent advice sessions, Parents Lounge, have been viewed over 100,000 times.
  • We helped thousands of parents #Take20 with their children.

We’re fighting for a stronger voice for young people

  • Our Amplified programme is giving a stronger voice to young people and parents in the mental health system.
  • 47 young people and parents were involved in leading and delivering the first year of the Amplified programme.
  • Our Activist programme empowered 81 young people to participate in mental health campaigning and influencing
  • Over 1,000 young people helped us persuade the Government and social media companies to do more on internet safety.
  • We equipped 1,235 school children with the skills and understanding to find their feet when moving up to secondary school.

We’re fighting for better services for young people

  • Our 360˚ Schools’ Community provided 4,500 school staff with free teaching resources, tips and advice, helping them to put wellbeing at the heart of their whole schools’ improvement.
  • We helped 275 school staff to take a whole school approach to pupil wellbeing.
  • We supported thousands of primary school staff to access high-quality mental health resources.
  • Our new participation consultancy model has put 1,200 young people’s voices at the centre of the service design and improvement.
  • We provided training to empower 8,187 professionals on the front-line of the crisis.

Reports from previous years

Looking for an older report? You’ll find all our impact reports available to download below.

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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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