Young people's mental health

No child should have to reach crisis point to get help with their mental health.
We see the most vulnerable children and young people in our services being put in danger as they are forced to wait for help to cope with their trauma. Find out how we help children and young people.

Supporting young people's mental health

The mental health of thousands of children and young people is reaching crisis point. Teenagers especially are turning to self-harm or suicide in increasing numbers. But the true scale of the crisis is unknown with so many who show signs of going through trauma unnoticed.

Read more about our work supporting young people's mental health

Support is woefully inadequate with too many children and young people suffering alone and in silence. We see the most vulnerable young people in our services being put in danger as they are forced to wait for the help to cope with their trauma.

We want to make sure teenagers who have been subjected to sexual exploitation, trafficking or who have run away from abuse feel like they have somewhere to turn, and we fight to get them the mental health support they need.

We want more mental health support across the country that is easy to access and to offer more therapeutic services.

We are calling on the Government to provide mental health support in all schools so that every child has someone to talk to as soon as they need. Children and young people cannot wait any longer.

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 support is woefully inadequate.

We are fighting to get children and young people the help they need through our innovative frontline services, ground-breaking research and campaigning.

Our frontline mental health services

We run services across the country for young people who are desperately in need of mental health support.

Our services, run by our staff and volunteers, include therapeutic support, befriending, counselling or advice.

 

The Good Childhood Report: our renowned research into children’s well-being

Only by asking children can we learn what makes them happy and what will improve life for this generation. That's why each year we produce our well-being report - the most comprehensive research of its kind.

The Good Childhood Report 2018 adds to the huge body of research we have developed through more than 13 years of expert well-being research asking over 65,000 children. Children are struggling with their identity and alarming numbers are self-harming. Pressure to fit in is making children unhappy – from how they look, to their sexuality, to how boys and girls must behave.

We use what children have told us to make recommendations to decision-makers in England and Wales on what needs to change. We’re urging the Government to make sure that every child can talk to a counsellor in their school.

Five ways to well-being for children

Children and young people can help maintain their own well-being - and parents can help.

Our parent's guide, How to support your child's well-being, gives some simple tips to parents on how they can encourage children to take part in the activities that could enhance their well-being.

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.

Donate

Right now, in the UK, one in ten young people is experiencing a mental health problem.

Make a donation to help us get children and young people the mental health support they need.

Advice and support for children and young people experiencing mental health problems

We want young people to get the advice they need, when they need it.

Our new mental health website features a resource vault for young people to help them find out more about the mental or emotional health issues they may be worried about.