Why we do it

Mental ill health devastates lives. It is a complex issue, especially when it comes to children and young people, and there is no simple answer.

One in ten children and young people between the ages of five and 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. For many problems persist into adulthood.Yet in the UK, children and young people receive less than 5% of mental health care funding.

Thousands of young people and their families dealing with often profound and complex mental health problems are being failed – fewer than 35% of young people with mental health problems get any help at all.

We passionately believe a step change is needed to radically improve the state of children’s mental health care in England and elsewhere.

We are leading the way by campaigning for and creating mental health services built around the needs and experiences of children, young people and their families and not around the institutions who deliver them.