Comic Relief invests £3.2m in services to improve the mental health of young men

Mental health problems affect 1 in 10 young people, and suicide rates continue to be at an all-time high amongst men under 35. However many health services struggle to identify and engage effectively with young men in order for them to access the support they need. This is why Comic Relief has decided to invest £3.2 million to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men aged 11-20 with mental health problems. By putting the needs of young men at the heart of the work, organisations can test out new and different approaches to engage and support young men more effectively.

As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness week, we have been inspired by the progress that has been made in recent years to encourage people to talk about mental health, but also recognise the huge number of people who find it difficult to access help, and the vast amount of work that needs to be done. 

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the organisations funded under the Young Men and Mental Health initiative are, as follows: Mind in Haringey, Off the Record Youth Counselling Croydon, Off the Record (Bristol), British Refugee Council, Positive Futures North Liverpool, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), Aberlour Child Care Trust, Centrepoint, Midlothian Young People's Advice Service, Young People Cornwall, Hafal, Lighthouse Ireland Ltd, Teens and Toddlers, Streetwise, Brent Centre for Young People, NewLink Wales, Art Angel, Coram's Fields, Refugee Resource, London Community Boxing, Middlesbrough Mind, 42nd Street and Student Minds.

We are really excited about working in partnership with these great organisations to help make sure that more young men across the UK are able to get the help they need when they need it. 

For more information about this work or the projects referred to above, please contact grantsinfo@comicrelief.com.