Become a YoungMinds Activist
Join us and campaign for change in children and young people's mental health. Find out how to become an activist and what you’ll be able to do when you join us.
What is an Activist?
YoungMinds Activists are volunteers aged 14 to 25 who come from across England and who have experience related to mental health (including personal experience or caring for someone with a mental health problem).
Our Activists come from a range of backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, sexualities and religions – everyone’s welcome and the mixture of backgrounds of our Activists is part of what makes it so exciting.
Activists participate in the work of teams right across YoungMinds to: raise awareness of the issues impacting youth mental health and improve the experience of young people with mental health problems.
Activists do this by:
- Co-designing resources for young people, parents and carers and professionals
- Co-producing campaigns with us
- Speaking out about young people's mental health in the media and events and conferences
- Co-creating social media content
- Working with our policy team to ensure youth voice shapes all our policy
What is the Activist Programme?
The YoungMinds Activist Program is a three year program structured around the themes of Involve, Develop & Progress. Throughout your time as an Activist you will learn new skills, immerse yourself in campaigning for better youth mental health and gain experience and insight to help you in discover your interests and talents. Once you become a YoungMinds Activist you will join a community of like-minded young people campaigning for change, and you will be able to stay in touch with each other long-past your three years, with our Activist Alumni Program.
Here’s what our current Activists say about the program:
Why become an Activist?
Throughout your time with us, you’ll develop plenty of new skills and take on experiences that will help you in your future career, including:
- Developing skills in campaigning, media, facilitating and/or presenting
- Meeting new people (both professionals and young people)
- Leading the way in helping to create positive attitudes and change around youth mental health
- Sharing your story and encouraging other young people to find the the courage to talk about mental health
- Inspire young people who are struggling with their mental health to look for support
As an activist, you’ll have our full support – we’ll work with you to identify the campaigns and volunteering opportunities that are right for you. We’ll also check in with you after each activity to get your feedback and make sure you’re getting what you need from the opportunity.
As an Activist, you’ll be able to come to a 2 day training course to start you off with all the skills you need to get going.
And over the year, you’ll also be able to come along to various sessions with other activists where you’ll learn new skills and have the opportunity to network with other young people.
Alongside our regular Activist meet-ups, you will also be given the opportunity to join in with other projects at YoungMinds. Check out our website and YouTube channel for examples of what our Activists have been involved with.
How to apply
If you’re aged 14 to 25 and have experience related to mental health (including personal experience or caring for someone with a mental health problem) or an interest in mental health, then you can apply to become an Activist!
We recruit Activists from a range of backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, sexualities and religions – everyone’s welcome and the mixture of backgrounds of our Activists is part of what makes it so exciting.
We recruit Activists twice a year, usually focusing on a specific region at a time, and if you’re successful we’ll ask that you commit for at least 12 months (though most of our Activists keep campaigning long after that!).
We'll be announcing the date for our next intake of Activists before Christmas, so keep an eye out! Until then, here are some more opportunities you could get involved in.