Fighting for children and young people’s mental health in 2019
Thanks to your support last year, we achieved many milestones in our fight for children and young people’s mental health, including Seni’s Law and handing in our open letter to Ofsted. Earlier this week, the NHS published their Long Term Plan, outlining their plans and priorities for the next decade. The plan has committed to an extra £2.3 billion for mental health services, and an ambition to support an additional 345,000 more children and young people with their mental health.
It also commits to a new service model for up to 25’s and improvements to crisis care and early intervention. At the end of last year, 30,000 of you joined our #FightingFor campaign and signed our petition to Theresa May, for a new era for young people’s mental health. Many of the asks we campaigned for have been met, but it’s now crucial that this plan is effectively implemented. We will keep fighting in 2019 to make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support.
Guide to Inpatient Care
Together with our Activists who have experienced inpatient care, we’ve created an informative and reassuring guide for young people who are worried about going into a mental health unit. We answer young people’s biggest questions and provide downloadable printer-friendly resources to help them with their stay in a unit.
Thank you Fundraisers!
A huge thank you to everyone who fundraised, or supported a fundraiser last year. From ultra challenges and marathons, to art shows – we were blown away with your efforts! And we are so grateful for the many of you who will be fundraising for us this year. Thank you for joining our fight for young people’s mental health.
Want to chat with a Parent?
Would you like to chat through your worries with another parent, who has personal experience of a child with mental health problems? On Monday 14 January we will be launching our new Parent to Parent service, where you can sign up to have a chat with another parent who has ‘been there’ and can help you feel more resilient.
New on the blog this month…
- A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Depression – ‘Depression is all consuming, you eat it, sleep it, breathe it. I felt lost, and grieved for the son I once knew.’
- Tips for a Mentally Healthy 2019 – Hope shares how she uses her new year’s resolutions to focus on staying mentally well.
- Why I Had A Year Out Of School For My Mental Health – When Luke got diagnosed with PTSD, going to school became a task that filled him with anxiety. In this blog, Luke shares how he found alternative ways to finish his education, whilst prioritising his mental health.
The Latest from the Parents Lounge:
How To Support Your Child With Bereavement
Our Parents Helpline experts Emma and Chris discuss how to look after a young person experiencing bereavement. This edition of the parent’s lounge will cover sensitive themes which you may find upsetting.
Also this month…
- We currently have a number of roles we are looking to fill, from leading our flagship youth programme as a Youth Engagement Officer, to shaping our future strategy as Head of Strategy and Impact. Be sure to visit our current vacancies if you are interested.
- Working in a school? Check out Mentally Healthy Schools, a fantastic website full of resources for primary school teachers.
At YoungMinds, we’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.