In statistics from the charity Young Minds, 51% of 2,700 young people said they did not ask for any help as they did not have a clear understanding of what they were going through[1]. with a staggering 66% saying they found it difficult to get support - fewer than 1 in 10 found it easy to get support [1]. 

When we talk about mental health illness and having a positive mindset, especially among young people and adults aged 11-25 years “listening” and “responding with” are key methods of supporting a young person to feel valued and supported in finding the support he or she needs. 

What do we mean by mental health? 

There is more than often a lot of confusion and disparity in what mental health is. People often refer to the term mental health as something wrong or illness because when something goes wrong in a person’s ability to process and understand emotions internally. However, everyone has mental health, we can identify this in terms of 3 things... 

1. How we feel about ourselves and the people around us;

2. our ability to make and keep friends and relationships;

3. our ability to learn from others and to develop psychologically and emotionally [2].

Therefore knowing how to deal with the ups and downs can be extremely difficult for young people living with a diagnosis of a mental health illness. 

It’s a normal to feel anxious, worried and upset - yet we are “failing so many young people” these the words published in an online article in August 2017 [3]. During the article Mike SteinEmeritus professor, University of York refers to the increasing levels of mental health problems and suicides among young people raises questions about the emotional, environmental and material factors that are at play in our in any young persons life while at home among their families, schools, community and in society. 

Accessing Support

Getting a mental health diagnosis can be a long process, which can impact on the overall health and wellbeing of a young person and his or her immediate family. That’s why if your a young person or the Parent/ guardian to a child who is worried about anything seeking help from a health care professional or accessing confidential support from charities such as ChildLine and the NSPCC can play a vital part in getting the support needed to live well with mental health issues.  

If have concerns or need someone to talk to please speak to your GP! Alongside this here are some useful support services that can be accessed if you have any other concerns, worries or would like additional support... 


Is  available to anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. 

Number: 0800 1111 


Is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35. Website: www.thecalmzone.net 

OCD Action -  Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources. Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm) Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk 

YoungMinds-  Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm) Website: www.youngminds.org.uk 

SANE -  Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30-10.30pm) Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum Website: www.sane.org.uk/support 

PAPYRUS -  Young suicide prevention society. Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm) Website: www.papyrus-uk.org 

Mind- Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm) Website: www.mind.org.uk 

[1] young Minds #FightingFor Report | https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/reports/fightingfor-report/

[2] What is mental health and mental illness? | https://www.rethink.org/living-with-mental-illness/young-people/what-is-mental-health#knowing

[3] We’re failing our young people on mental health | provisionhttps://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/06/were-failing-our-young-people-on-mental-health-provision

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