Young people's well‑being

We all need to feel safe and confident that we can handle what life throws at us. Without this sense of well-being, our quality of life can fall and mental health can become precarious.

Right now, children's well-being is at a ten year low. When problems start, they can't get help. When things get too much, they are put on a waiting list. We want young people to be happy and feel good about themselves, to be able to fight and not give up. 

what is well-being

school pupil boy with pen lid stuck up nose

What is well-being?

Well-being is about how we are doing and how we feel about our lives.

Low well-being has been linked to mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. It can impact our relationships with family and friends and how we feel about and interact with the world around us.

Right now, young people aren’t getting the help they need. They can struggle to access support from overstretched public services. Those on waiting lists for therapy can wait months or even years to be seen. It’s unacceptable.

How we help young people struggling with emotional well-being

We are there for those who can't access mental health services and are at high risk of developing a mental health condition if they don't get the support they need. If they're anxious about home life or stressed over exams, we listen. We help them understand their emotions, to take control of the situation and feel more confident.

We’re there for those who can't access mental health services and who are at high risk of developing a mental health condition if they don't get the support they need. For many, our services are the only places they have to talk to about their problems.

We also campaign to make sure young people are listened to and that their well-being is top of the Government's agenda.

mental health statistics young people

1 in 8

children have a mental health condition

75%

of young people with mental health problems aren't being treated

50%

of all mental health problems emerge by age 14

Our mental health drop-in centres

BEAM is an emotional health and well-being drop-in. It's a place young people can go by themselves at any time and talk about how they're feeling. No appointments, waiting lists, or referrals. Unlike other centres, it's based on what young people want. They asked, we listened.

there were people there that cared and listened

Drop-in centres like BEAM stop young people from reaching a point where they can't cope. We offer therapy with mental health professionals, group work with other young people, online advice and guidance.

mental health drop-in facts and figures

1,432

children and young people were helped by BEAM last year

80%

said they felt more able to deal with their emotional health and well-being afterwards

Pause mental health drop in service

City-centre drop in, Pause helped more than 2,000 children and young people last year. They can walk in and see someone straight away - no more waiting to get the help they need.

If they're feeling low, we talk about what keeps them motivated. We give them activities to focus on, a goal to work towards. We put their voice at the centre of the service.

We're always trying to find new ways to help young people stay mentally healthy. We recently trialled the use of virtual reality headsets to help young people cope with challenging situations. We also trained secondary school students to be mental health ambassadors so they can help other people their age get through tough times.

from the minute you walk in it’s warm and welcoming

Working in schools

Our unique Resilient Me programme works with schools to better understand and support the mental health and well-being of young Muslims.

We make sure parents can spot the signs a child is feeling low. We show them what support is available, provide training for staff and deliver workshops for students to help them look out for each other. 

campaign for well-being

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Getting young voices heard

Young people we work with tell us that the Government needs to do more to address children’s well-being. We campaign with and on behalf of children and young people to get their voices heard.

Those in government need to see the world through children’s eyes. They need to make sure young people always have someone to talk to. We need improved local NHS mental health services, more funding and greater understanding of what harms children’s well-being.

young man yellow hoody giving piggyback to girl happy

Improving young people's well-being

The Government needs to start measuring young people's well-being and set a long-term strategy to turn this toxic trend around.