Beyond Adversity

We're calling on the Government, NHS and local authorities to provide better support for children and young people who have experienced trauma and adversity.

Why we're campaigning

We know that one in three adult mental health conditions relate directly to adverse childhood experiences, and that young people’s mental health and wellbeing can be significantly compromised by adverse environments, and the experience of trauma.

Experience of adversity and trauma in childhood can significantly increase the risk of mental and physical ill health in adolescence and adulthood.

Yet too often services become fixated on what they see as challenging or risky behaviour. These services can quickly stigmatise or criminalise young people’s normal response to adversity and trauma.

It is, therefore, vital that we understand the impact that adversity and trauma can have on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and how we can strengthen resilience and support recovery.

What we're doing

Beyond Adversity Report

Our Beyond Adversity report looks at how many children and young people who face adversity do not have their mental health needs identified. The report finds that there are fundamental misunderstandings about young people’s behaviour which means the problem is not being properly addressed.

Addressing Adversity Book 

Our book, Addressing Adversity, aims to raise awareness about the impact of childhood adversity and trauma on the mental health of children and young people in England. It contains contributions from leading academics, clinicians, commissioners and frontline professionals who all share a passion for ensuring that services and support for children and young people are adversity and trauma-informed.

We have also produced a poster alongside the book, which is available to download via the link below. 

Addressing Adversity Project

Our nationwide project promotes trauma-informed practice that helps professionals to support children and young people who have experienced distressing or disturbing times.

YoungMinds Welcome 

Our project to support the mental health needs of asylum seeking and refugee children. Through YoungMinds Welcome we aim to build skills and capacity within the children’s services workforce to help professionals support some of the most vulnerable young people.

Childhood Adversity, Substance Misuse and Young People’s Mental Health

Our briefing, created in partnership with Addaction, calls on mental health commissioners and providers to be aware that young people may misuse substances as the result of trauma.

Our Policy Submissions

Watch us give evidence to Parliament's Science and Technology Commitee on childhood adversity and trauma, and read our written submission. 

How you can get involved

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