Budget 2014: Youth groups to share £10m for social action

Youth organisations are set to receive a share of £10m to deliver social action opportunities to young people, the Chancellor has announced. Scouts are among the youth organisations to benefit from the £10m investment. The money, taken from banks through Libor fines, will be used to support organisations belonging to the Youth United Network to organise and deliver social action programmes to young people. During the Budget, George Osborne said: "I will continue to direct the use of the Libor fines to our military charities and our emergency services. "Because the sums continue to grow, I can extend that support to our search and rescue and lifeboat services – and provide £10m of support to our Scouts, Guides, Cadets and St John Ambulance."

Lyn Boyd, MHNE CEO welcomed the move but feels that much more needs to be done to help the grass root organisations of young people with life experience of mental ill health who are working hard to help other young people battling mental ill health such as self-harm and eating disorders. 'George Osborne does not appear to be aware of these groups or the growing need for early interventions to prevent mental ill health in children and young people.'
National Statistics

Up to 20% of young people have a mental health problem As many as 1 in 5 children and young people experience mental health problems which significantly affect their ability to get on with their lives and reach their full potential. (Young Minds 2005)

10% of young people have serious mental health problems (Mental Health of children and adolescents in Great Britain, Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2000).

Suicide rate is increasing with 16-25 year-olds most vulnerable there have been significant increases in suicide and self-harm rates in young people. an 118% increase in suicide attempts by young men in the last 10 years with a 110% increase in actual suicides in the last 20 years. (Young Minds 2005)

30% of 13 year-olds drink once a week the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol becomes a significant issue among young people. 29% of 13 year-olds report drinking alcohol once a week. (Young Minds 2005)

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