Children’s and young people’s mental health in the spotlight

Nicola James
Mental health and in-particular young people’s mental health has recently been in the political and media spotlight. One of our members, YoungMinds, tells us about their Parents Helpline and the events they have planned to raise funds and awareness.


YoungMinds, is the UK’s leading charity championing the well-being and mental health of young people. Its Parents Helpline supports anyone worried about a child or young person under 25. Tom Madders, Director of Communications and Campaigns, at YoungMinds, explains:

"We exist so that young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health. We strive to make sure everything, from Government policy to practice in schools and services, is driven by young people’s experiences and aspirations.

We support parents to help their children through difficult times, we equip professionals to provide the best possible support to the young people that they work with, and we empower young people to change their world.

Last year, our Parents Helpline supported 12,792 people, with 2,805 receiving 50-minute follow-up calls from our team of child mental health professionals. 94% of callers said they felt less isolated and stressed or more reassured.

The Helpline offers advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under 25. Our advisors, many of who are volunteers, can help with questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional wellbeing, mental health condition, treatments or what to say to healthcare professionals.

Our advisors also give practical advice on where to go next and, if appropriate, refer parents to one of our specialists whether it's a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health nurse.

Of course, to keep the Helpline running we need to fundraise. On 10 October, YoungMinds runs an annual event called #HelloYellow. People will be encouraged to wear yellow to raise awareness and funds for children and young people’s mental health.





We’re also very excited to be running the Heads Together Comedy Night for YoungMinds, on 18 September at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Some of the biggest names in comedy, including Harry Hill, Jimmy Carr, Michael MacIntryre and Katherine Ryan will be on the bill."





You can find out more about these events and YoungMinds work at

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