Our Impact Reports

Our Impact Reports

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

Our impact in 2016-17

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 2016-17 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 ensured the most vulnerable children and young people got help

  • 9,000 people signed our Always campaign petition calling for the rights of young people and parents to be respected and enforced in inpatient care.
  • 1,193,380 people received straight-talking advice and information about mental health medication on our HeadMeds website.
  • Our Beyond Adversity clinical summit brought together over 50 of the biggest names and organisations in trauma-informed care to share best practice.
  • YoungMinds and our activists supported NHS England’s consultation on inpatient care.
  • We put young people’s voices at the heart of new mental health services in Yorkshire and Humber.

We promoted good mental health to young people and parents

  • Our Parents Helpline received a special visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
  • 11,748 parents received high quality support and advice from our Parents Helpline volunteers and advisers.
  • 10,000 people signed our Wise Up campaign’s open letter to the Prime Minster, calling for wellbeing to be made a priority in all schools.
  • We worked with GirlGuiding to launch a new‘Think Resilient’ badge.
  • We launched a new website, custom-built to ensure young people can easily find the support and information they need.
  • Our #HelloYellow campaign, to raise awareness of children’s mental health on World Mental Health Day, reached over 250,000 people in 24 hours.

We empower young people and parents to be a force for change

  • We launched our Amplified programme to give a voice to young people and parents at every level of the mental health system.
  • Our Wise Up campaign enabled 451 young people to have their say on a crucial Parliamentary inquiry into wellbeing in schools.
  • Our 70 incredible Young Activists continue to be front and centre of everything we do.
  • Our new Youth Panel ensures that young people have direct influence over our governance and strategy.
  • Our parent peer-to-peer support pilots have reached almost 160 parents in Sefton, Liverpool and Lewisham.
  • Powerful speeches from a youth activist and a parent ambassador were the highlights of a Christmas reception with the Speaker of the House of Commons.

We helped professionals provide excellent support

  • We worked with 963 schools to train 6,163 staff in children and young people’s mental health, wellbeing and resilience.
  • We have developed an accredited ‘train the trainer’ course, empowering people to expertly facilitate the Academic Resilience Approach (ARA) in schools.
  • We trained 144 CAMHS Transformation Champions to improve mental health service delivery for children and young people.
  • We co-developed a children and young people’s mental health training session with the Air Cadets to be rolled out to all Air Cadets staff.
  • We worked with Boots to develop a workshop on young people’s mental health for their staff to deliver in Children In Need projects around the UK.

Reports from previous years

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

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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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