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We're raising £500 000 to provide schools and colleges, desperate for mental health support, with the funds to bring in the right services.

 New stretch target

Following on from the huge success of the UK's first ever mental health festival for schools and colleges, we now turn our attention to the urgent mental health needs of young people in wake of the pandemic. With £500 000 we'll be able to provide immediate mental health support into schools and colleges who need it the most. With CAMHS referrals higher than ever on record and increased incidences of self harm, anxiety and eating disorders widely documented, educators are on the front line battling the mental health impacts of the pandemic on their students without adequate resources. Help us #BrakeTheSystem

The Need

Like a precariously balanced domino that urgently needs stabilising, we are on the precipice of a major disaster.

Mental health support services for children and young people are struggling to meet the weight of demand due to a lack of funding and sustainable government strategy.

CAMHS is stretched. Schools are overwhelmed. Teachers, key workers and the medical community are underresourced. The system isn’t working.

Beyond’s long term goal is to revolutionise the mental health system, but with only weeks to go before schools shut for the Summer, now is the moment to brake the current trajectory. We have to urgently raise £500,000 in order to provide educational settings, desperate for mental health support, with the funds to bring in the right services.

Help us #BrakeTheSystem


The Plan

We built a network of 400 approved and vetted UK wide mental health and wellbeing facilitators who volunteered with us during the UK's first ever mental health festival for schools and colleges on 3rd February 2021. Dedicated to nurturing long term local connections between this network and educational settings we built a web based directory. It's the first time ever in the UK that an educator will be able to search by location to find a mental health or wellbeing provision to bring into their setting. 

From this network we will fund schools desperate for support, up to £4000 of local provisions. 


To browse the directory, click here.


On 6th May 2021, 24 of Beyond's youth mental health activists met at renowed photographer Rankin's studio in NW London. Rankin photographed each campaigner to tell their story through the power of images and to help communicate the urgency of this pandemic relief fund.



To see all of the Rankin portraits and find out about our youth board, click here.


“Three-quarters of all mental health issues begin in adolescence and yet 75% of young people with mental health issues are not currently receiving any treatment. The pandemic has exacerbated this crisis” Jonny Benjamin MBE, founder of Beyond

Research for the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) shows that a key barrier to the provision of mental health support in schools is funding and access to specialists. Improving schools’ access to specialists would facilitate the capacity of schools to effectively support their students’ wellbeing.  

30% of young people with existing mental health needs lost access to support they would have relied upon at the beginning of pandemic (Young Minds)

Please donate. Please help us #brakethesystem.

What next...

Our application process has launched so that schools can apply and demonstrate their needs. 

Any support you are able to give to our campaign is truly invaluable. 

£10 could fund a "wellbeing workbook" for students.

£100 could fund a counsellor in a school for 1 day a week.

£500 could fund a full-time counsellor in a school for an entire week.

£1000 could fund 5 teachers wellbeing sessions. 

£2000 could find mindfulness/yoga sessions for the whole school for an entire term.

£4000 could fund a trauma and anxiety specialist for 10 sessions in a school.

Thank-you. The future of young people’s mental health is in our hands.

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