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Fund the Hubs: mental health support for young people before they're in crisis

Young people need somewhere to go when they first start to struggle with their mental health.

That's why we've partnered with other mental health organisations to launch the #FundTheHubs campaign. We're calling on the UK government to fund a network of early support hubs for young people aged 1125 across England.

1 in 6 young people have a mental health problem. And too often they can’t get support when they first need it.

The earlier a young person gets support for their mental health, the more effective that support will be.

That’s why we're calling on the UK government to fund a network of early support hubs across England.

Hubs provide easy to access mental health support to young people who need it. Anyone aged 11-25 will be able to drop into a service in their local area without an appointment or referral.

Can you help us show the UK government just how many of us want better mental health support for young people?

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How you can help

If thousands of us say that we want to see early support hubs across England, we can increase the pressure on the UK government.

Add your name and join our call to #FundTheHubs.

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Learn more about early support hubs

Hubs provide easy to access mental health support to young people who need it.

Their main purpose is mental health support. But hubs can also provide a base to help young people with other problems they’re experiencing. All under one roof. This could include:

  • Employment support
  • Housing advice
  • Sexual health services

Our vision is a network of hubs that provide early mental health support across England. Anyone aged 11-25 will be able to drop into a service in their local area without an appointment or referral.

In some parts of England similar hubs already exist. Extra funding would support these existing hubs and create new ones in areas without them.

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Young people have struggled to get mental health support for years. And the pandemic has only made this worse.

More and more young people are now experiencing mental health problems. Today, 1 in 6 young people have a mental health problem. That’s up from 1 in 9 in 2017.

And too often, young people can’t get support when they first need it. Services currently available through schools and the NHS simply can’t cope with the need.

Hubs can help change this. They’ll give young people a place to get help before they’re in crisis. A place to improve their life chances. And reduce the mental health support they’ll need in the future. Because the earlier a young person gets support for their mental health, the more effective that support will be.

Hubs will also help reduce pressure on the NHS, on schools and other local services.

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The #FundTheHubs campaign is run in partnership with:

  • Young Minds
  • Youth Access
  • The Children’s Society
  • The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
  • Centre for Mental Health
  • Black Thrive Global
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

On top of this, 53 other organisations joined our President Stephen Fry in calling for early support hubs. Hubs have also been supported by Dr Alex George, the government’s Youth Mental Health Ambassador.

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People power changes the world. Help this campaign reach more people by sharing our posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #FundTheHubs

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