We know we need to change
Even though some of us are experts at working with young people, we’re still a charity that’s focused on adults.
It means we don’t have proper conversations with young people – we talk about them. And we don’t make decisions together with them either. We make choices about them instead.
That’s why need to change. We need to be a charity that really empowers young people. Both when they work for Mind, and when they work with Mind too. We need to lift up young voices and fight alongside them across England and Wales.
And we need to be trauma-informed too. Support for young people causes so much trauma right now. So we’re also going to make sure our support is always trauma informed in the future, too.
How we're changing for young people
Welcoming every young person when they work with us
That means we’re making sure every young person feels welcome and respected. And it means making sure everyone working at Mind is confident working with young people too.
We'll be the charity young people can trust on mental health
We’re making sure our services are here for everyone – no matter their age. And we’re also showing people they can trust us by speaking out on things that impact young people’s mental health.
Focusing more of our work on young people
We’re spending £15 million on work improving young people’s mental health. And we’re making sure 30% of people using our funded programmes and services are under 24 too. We’ll also be taking an active role in building better community mental health services for young people.
Our research has led the way
We're serious about making real change happen when it comes to what we do for young people. What we've said here is all grounded in research we carried out before hand.