Mental health for young people

All children have a right to a happy childhood.


Growing up in Britain today is challenging and young people face issues from being pressurised to grow up too quickly, to being anxious at school, to suffering serious and debilitating mental health difficulties.

Sadly rates of depression and anxiety have increased by a staggering 70% among teenagers over the last 25 years[1].

Between March 2016 and April 2017, we worked with over 35,698 children and young people in a targeted way and almost 30% were identified as needing mental health support (this was as high as 50% for 14 year olds)[2]


Our help makes a difference and we see improved mental health for 71%[3] of the children and young people we work with in a targeted way. To do this we tailor our approach to the needs of the individual, offering services which include:

  • One-to-one or group support
  • Family therapy
  • Therapeutic support
  • Counselling or mentoring

We help young people be heard

Many of the young people we work with face challenges, like not living with their birth family or experiencing big disruptions in their home life or education. They can soon feel they have little or no control over what’s happening, so having their opinions being heard is crucial to their wellbeing.


Our analysis shows that 79% of young people feel an improvement in their views being take account of. This means that they have the confidence to share their thoughts, their opinions are valued and they feel they can make a direct contribution to what’s happening in their lives. We help young people to make improvements in their lives: in their relationships; in their social and communication skills; in their financial stability and their educational achievement.

Arainn became homeless after his Grandmother passed away. With our support he was able to move into a flat last year.


Building social skills and friendships

Getting to know people and building positive friendships can be difficult if you have little confidence. Loneliness is likely to have a negative impact on mental health. Our support means 66% of young people are more engaged with a support network and 76% saw improvements in their friendships and social skills.


Helping children achieve

Problems at school and failure to achieve in education can have a negative impact on mental health. We enable parents to support their children to attend school and we support children and young adults to positively engage in education. Using one-to-one or group counselling to build emotional resilience we see an improvement in 77% of children in their ability to achieve their educational potential.

[1] Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health: understanding the lifetime impacts, Mental Health Foundation, 2004 

[2] Action for Children e-Aspire analysis (April – September 2015): 10,342 children and young people of which 3016 had emotional health needs. Emotional health outcome monitored.

[3] Improvement data from Action for children e-Aspire analysis of 18,889 children and young people (April 2015 - March 2016).