What do we want?
- We want the Government to make greater investments to address the mental health challenges faced by young people
- We want the Government to ensure that services are age appropriate, youth friendly and accessible irrespective of where you live.
- We want to challenge the stigma surrounding the mental health of young people.
We want the Government to make greater investments to address the mental health challenges faced by young people
The Youth Select Committee on Mental Health found that young people's mental health services do not have equality of funding with adult services. It is unacceptable for young people's mental health services to be neglected. Until young people's mental health services receive funding proportionate to that of physical health, we do not believe parity of esteem can be achieved. The balance is wrong and inefficient. We believe that greater investments should be made and that funding already available should be used more effectively.
We want the Government to ensure that services are age appropriate, youth friendly and accessible irrespective of where you live.
Having a good mental health service is vital, now, more than ever but what is also important is having access to that service. There are challenges in the spread of mental health services across the country - young people do not have equal access due to issues with opening hours, distance from home and whether they are able to walk-in or not. Young people who live in rural areas have specific challenges in accessing the support they need compared to those who live in other areas.
Once young people access mental health services it is important they feel comfortable and understand the information presented to them by health care professionals. We believe that all Child Adolescent and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Mental Health Access points should be youth friendly and age appropriate. It is important that health care professionals are trained on how to work with young people so they are able to better understand and cater to their needs.
We want to challenge the stigma surrounding the mental health of young people.
The stigma surrounding mental health can lead to young people being victimised or feeling scared of being judged and so they do not seek help. We believe that young people should leave education with a good understanding of mental health. This should include the ability to understand and develop your own mental wellbeing and knowledge of how and where to seek help.
We are young people - and our charity aims to help other young people, whatever their background or barriers they face, to make the world a better place for us all.
What can you do about it?
Panel debates allow decision makers and young people to get together to discuss the issues that affect them. A good panel debate can engage an audience and give them a chance to change to have their say. You could hold your own debate at your local youth council meeting/ in your school assembly and invite local politicians to be on the panel.
Write to your MP and ask them to support the mental health campaign. (Don't know your MP? Find out here)
Why not come together to write an open letter to your MP in local press to tell them about, the importance of youth services; why cutting the service is an issue for young people; and what needs to be done about it.
Get your friends involved in discussions about mental health, by posting articles, videos and links. Bring the debate to them! Make sure follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and you can spread the word to your followers too!