10 Mar

YoungMinds Newsletter – March 2023

Welcome to your March YoungMinds e-newsletter! It shouldn’t take more than five minutes to enjoy all this month’s stories.

We’ve appointed a new Chief Executive!

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Laura Bunt will be joining us as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the end of this month. Laura is currently at Public Digital, a digital consultancy, having previously been Deputy Chief Executive at With You, a charity for people experiencing issues with alcohol, drugs or their mental health. Laura is also a trustee at Samaritans, a charity who provide support for anyone struggling to cope.

YoungMinds trustees and young people from across our programmes led the recruitment process for our new CEO. It was vital that young people had a voice in this process, given that they are at the heart of everything we do. It was equally important to ensure that our new CEO shared our values, vision and commitment to Anti-Racism, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We believe we’ve found all that in Laura!

Support for those navigating eating problems

Whether you’re struggling yourself or supporting someone else, life with an eating disorder can feel scary and overwhelming. To mark Beat’s annual Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which took place last week, we’d like to share a selection of resources and advice to help you navigate this difficult time. Including: 

You may also find the following blogs useful…



Invite your MP to our event in Parliament this March 

Last month we told you how the Government broke their promise of a ten-year Mental Health Plan in favour of the ‘Major Conditions Strategy’ – a new plan that wraps mental health up with other conditions like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease instead of focusing on mental health in its entirety. This month, we’re here to help you channel your frustration into action. On March 20th, we’re hosting a Young People’s Lobby in Parliament – bringing young people, MPs and other decision makers together to #EndTheWait for better mental health support. We’ve booked the room. We’ve written the invite to MPs. Now we just need you to send it. Will you spare just two minutes to invite your local MP to our event?

Invite your MP

Already sent your invite? Spread the word and let’s get more MPs in the room!⬇️



The O2 selects YoungMinds as its charity fundraising partner

The world’s most popular music, entertainment and leisure venue has chosen us as its main charity fundraising partner in a two-year long relationship that started in February. We’re honoured to be selected and can’t wait to work with their team and customers to do some fantastic awareness raising for youth mental health. Stay tuned for updates!

📰 Mental health in the media 📰

Young black boys almost THREE times more likely to enter youth justice system 
The Mirror, Sophie Huskisson, 22/02/23 
Read the full story

UK’s first mental health crisis cafe for young people launches in west London 
Evening Standard, Daniel Keane, 16/02/23 
Read the full story >

Children in mental health crisis spent more than 900,000 hours in A&E in England 
The Guardian, Denis Campbell, 09/02/23 
Includes statement from YoungMinds’ Director of Training and Services, Deirdre Kehoe. 
Read the full story

ITV launches Mental Health in the Media conference 
ITV, Not attributed, 06/02/23 
Includes mention of partnership with YoungMinds. 
Read the full story

Are Gen Z the most stressed generation in the workplace? 
BBC Worklife, Megan Carnegie, 16/02/23 
Read the full story >

✍️ New on the blog this month ✍️

Autism and friendship: a letter to my younger self (Hannah, 22) 
Read Hannah’s blog

How having a stutter affects my mental health (Sophie, 16) 
Read Sophie’s blog

The impact of endometriosis on my mental health (Hollie, 19) 
Read Hollie’s blog >

Better your understanding of mental health with one of our online courses

We’ve had such a fantastic response to our £1 webinars and courses. So much so that we’re all sold out except for our final webinar, ‘Introduction to participation and involving young people‘, on 27th March. Book now to secure your space!

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At YoungMinds, we’re leading the movement to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Team YM 

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