Young Minds

You may of recently heard about Young Minds in the news, so we wanted to tell you a bit more about the charity.

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.

Young Minds work is vital in bringing the emotional and mental health needs of children and young people to the attention of the public, government and funders and to effect improvements. The shocking situation of very long waiting lists causing unacceptable waiting times to get help or the inability to access help of any kind, alongside the fact that ill children and young people are sometimes kept in police cells because of a lack of safe places in health care, and children and young people sent hundreds of miles away from their families to receive urgent inpatient care, have all been well reported in the press and media.

Young Minds reported that:

  • Approximately 850,000 children and young people have a clinically significant mental health problem.
  • 1 in 10 children 5-16 years, or 3 in every classroom experiences mental health problems, which doubled between the 1980s and mid 2000s
  • 60% of Looked After Children have emotional or mental health problems and are 6 times more likely to have a conduct disorder and 4 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • 1 in 12 young people self-harm and since 2002 there has been a 68% increase in the number of hospital admissions of young people self-harming
  • 95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder

Young Minds needs volunteers to help with Parent Helpline, they ask that people volunteer 1 day a week for a minimum of 9 months.

The Parent Helpline is a lifeline for parents worried about the mental health of their child, the Parents Helpline is reliant upon donations.

Demand is the highest it has ever been. Over the last 12 months we helped a record high of 10,000 parents and carers but 2,500 more calls couldn’t make it through.


Improve the emotional resilience and mental health of children and young people throughout the UK by informing and actively engaging with children, young people, parents, policymakers and professionals


Overarching Priority

Build Children and Young People’s Emotional Resilience

Key priorities

– Inspire excellence in children and young people’s services.

– Improve Self-Harm Responses.

– Increase the influence of the Voice of Young People and their Families.

– Advance our understanding of how the Internet and Social Media can be a positive tool for building emotional resilience.


Father and child

  • 95% of callers tell us the advice is beneficial for them and their child
  • 1 in 3 callers call the Helpline a lifesaver
  • 96% saw positive changes as a result of our advice
  • With only 0.6% of the NHS Budget allocated to children and young people’s mental health, waiting times for mental health help are six, seven, even nine months (and in some cases, almost two years). The Helpline is immediate


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  1. This is a really interesting read and good to know there is support out there for young people as well as adults.

  2. This is a really interesting read and good to know there is support out there for young people as well as adults.

  3. Interesting article. With statistics which have been reported it is good to hear that there are services available to young people.

  4. So much is expected of youngsters these days and with the amount of pressure that is placed on them, it is reassuring that there are services out there to help them if needed.

  5. At last this is being highlighted and brought to the attention of the government! Today’s children are tomorrow’s adults and so much more can be done to ensure the safety and well being of our children.It’s great that mental health issues are being highlighted for adults, but, let’s remember the minors too!

  6. Its about time that we took responsibility for our children and young people, they need support.. Glad this has now been bought to the publics attention and we can work together to address this.

  7. Great to hear this is being brought to the attention and being addressed. More needs to be done to spread the word to young people of the services/help available to them.

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