Mental health Support for young people aged 11-25

by Jayne Bristow in Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom

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The covid crisis has brought a tsunami of mental health problems in young people. We want to expand our services to support more in crisis

by Jayne Bristow in Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom

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As a charity YPI has been successfully delivering community based support to young people, parents and families for the past 20 years. We provide free mental health and well-being support to young people aged 11 to 25 years old through a range of interventions including 1-to-1 counselling sessions our goal is to equip these young people with the building blocks and tools they need to cope with mental health issues and to go on to lead a full life. Without intervention many of these children go on to commit crimes, suicide or become socially isolated.  We want to offer a mentoring service to help young people with mental health issues, provide them with a positive role model, help them become involved in social groups and expand their support network and work with schools, colleges and employers to set things in place to help young people succeed. We also need to increase our counselling service as covid has brought a tsunami of young people needing mental health support with exerts predicting around 10 million people needing new or additional support. We have already seen a massive increase in referrals and have closed our waiting list for the first time in many years. We need to increase our services to allow us to cope with this influx of new young people desperately needing support.

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Key facts 

  • One in four young people suffer from mental health issues.

  • Mental health conditions account for 16% of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged 10–19 years. 

  • Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected and untreated. 

  • Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents. 

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds. 

  • The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults. 

Our goal is early intervention and to empower these young people to have the tools and strategies they need. Metal Health issues are now becoming more widely accepted but the resources that are needed to cope with these are not in place. We would love to be able to see all our young people within a month but need your help

£25 will offer a young person a session to change mental health issues and £250 will take a young person through the complete course.

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We desperately need more financial support to allow us to continue and increase our mental health support to young people in crisis. Just £25 can pay for a session for a young person.

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