Young people's mental health
Join our campaign to stop debt’s damage to children’s mental health
Problem debt leaves families and young people feeling stressed, anxious and depressed.
Children living in families struggling with debt are five times more likely to be unhappy than children in families who don’t have difficulty with debt.
Our Debt Trap campaign is calling on the Government to give families a breathing space to repay their debts, so children don’t pay the price with their mental health.
Poor mental health: The links between child poverty and mental health problems
Access Denied, our first policy report on young people’s mental health, examines how vulnerable groups of young people such as victims of abuse and neglect or children in care access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Poor Mental Health, our most recent report provides evidence to show that children who live in poverty are exposed to risks that can have a serious impact on their mental health. Despite this our research found that only 1 in 10 mental health trusts see children in poverty as a priority group for access to mental health services.
Five ways to well-being for children
Children and young people can help maintain their own well-being - and parents can help.
How we are helping young people experiencing mental health problems
Huge numbers of children and young people in England are experiencing emotional and mental health problems but they are failing to access adequate services.
We are working to change how the most vulnerable young people access the mental health services they need through our innovative frontline services, ground-breaking research and extensive campaigning.
Ask the Government to ensure exploited children have better access to mental health support
The Policing and Crime Bill is a vital opportunity to ensure young people who have been sexually abused get the help they need early, before reaching crisis.
We’re calling on MPs to support an amendment to the Bill which is currently going through Parliament.
Please support our Seriously Awkward campaign to ensure young people get the protection and support they need.
Our frontline mental health services
We run services around the country for young people who are desperately in need of mental health support.
Services include therapeutic support, befriending, counselling or advice.
Research on children's emotional well-being
Since 2005 we have investigated the emotional well-being of 10 and 12-year-old children in England.
The Good Childhood Report 2015 found that overall children in England are unhappier with their lives than those in 13 other countries.
One in ten young people experience a mental health problem, which is usually not properly addressed.
Make a donation to help us reach thousands of children who desperately need to access mental health support.