We work to support the needs of young people facing and experiencing mental health problems.
Why do we fund this programme?
- Over the last 25 years, rates of anxiety and depression amongst young people have increased by 70%.
- Research suggests that between 1 in 12 and 1 in 15 young people self-harm.
- With the right help, young people with mental health problems can recover; but without support, stigma and ill health can lead to isolation, strong feelings of shame and a sense of hopelessness. This increases the chances of self-harm and suicide in young people.
What are we doing and how?
- We fund work that gives young people living with mental health problems the chance to access services tailored to their needs.
- We fund organisations who seek to ensure that those working with young people with mental health problems have the necessary skills and understanding to work effectively in this area.
- We fund work that actively encourages young people to be involved in developing projects of value to them – right from the initial project design through to the final evaluation of the work carried out.
- We fund work to ensure that young people with mental health problems from specific groups (such as rural communities, Black and ethnic minority groups, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities) receive the targeted support they need.
- We fund work which is examining and researching how information and new technology can be best used to support young people with mental health problems.