HFEH Mind and Will Poulter are campaigning to raise awareness of young people’s mental health needs, and funding for our work to support them. Funding will be used to support our creative arts projects for young people, designed to inspire them to learn new skills and improve their mental health.
There is a growing crisis in children’s mental health. 1/6 children and young people aged 7-16 were suffering from a probable mental health disorder in 2022, up from 1/9 in 2017. Waiting lists for children’s mental health services are growing, and it can sometimes take years to access treatment and support. There is a growing need for innovative and creative mental health services like those delivered by HFEH Mind to fill the void in mental health services.
We provide mental health services in schools, hospitals and the community. All our services are shaped by the views of local people. We launched the UK’s first crisis support service for children and young people, Circle, for young people in a mental health crisis. We also run creative programmes like ‘Mind on Music’, a new project designed to address mental health issues while inspiring young people to learn new musical skills and to build their confidence by performing at their own showcase.