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Our manifesto

We’re asking political parties, policy makers and funders to close the gap in children and young people’s mental health through a renewed focus on prevention and early intervention.

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One in five young people in England has a probable mental health disorder. And while requests for services have more than doubled since 2018, only 32% more patients are being seen compared to March 2021.

The time has come to think differently.

Our manifesto brings together young voices, scientific insight, research and our 71 years of expertise to call for a new way to tackle the problem and improve children and young people’s lives.

We're calling for mental wellbeing to be the foundation, not the fix. Will you join us?

  • Thinking differently


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    Manifesto Accessible

    A version of our manifesto suitable for screen readers.

  • Exec summary

    Manifesto Executive Summary

    Our five-point plan at a glance.


Our five-point plan

Our Thinking differently manifesto has five asks – driven by science, and what our team of Young Champions tell us will help the most. If this five-point plan is fully implemented, together we will transform the mental health of a generation.

Watch our animation to learn about the five ways we can make a difference to children and young people’s mental health, as we approach a general election.

Email to speak to our manifesto team about bringing Thinking differently to life.

Why our manifesto matters

How you can get involved

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    Become a champion

    Make your mark on the work we do by joining our Champions programme for young people with experience of mental ill health, and their parents and carers.