News - Young people and mental health

The latest news, research, events and opportunities relevant to young people and mental health.  If you would like to send something to add to this page, please contact us.


Shock figures show extent of self-harm in English teenagers

A World Health Organisation survey reveals that a fifth of 15-year-olds in England say they self-harmed over the past year

Experts are warning that poor mental health among teenagers could be a 'ticking time bomb'.
There has been a threefold increase in the number of teenagers who self-harm in England in the last decade, according to a World Health Organisation collaborative study.

The Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) report, due to be published in the autumn, will reveal that of the 6,000 young people aged 11, 13 and 15 surveyed across England – up to one in five 15-year-olds say they self-harm.

Story by Lorenza Bacino The Guardian, Wednesday 21 May 2014 click HERE to read more

Landmark Children And Families Act 2014 gains royal assent

In case you missed this - the Children and Families Act, given royal assent on the 13th March - will mean changes to the law to give greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for parents to balance work and family life.

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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)

For further information on these statistics Click HERE 

Young Leaders – a mental health youth leadership programme

YPFocusYoungMinds and NEMHDU have developed a new mental health youth leadership programme. The aim of the course is to equip young people, who are passionate about mental health, with the relevant skills to become leaders and develop the skills needed to influence the health and social care system with confidence. The six module titles are: Personal Beliefs and Values, Communication, Media (delivered by Truth about Youth – another youth-led programme from Youth Focus: North East, and YoungMinds), Practical Skills, Systems and Putting It Into Practice.

For more information contact Yvonne Collins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Paul Johnson at NEMHDU or click on the link


Not enough being done to help suicidal young people, says charity

The national charity PAPYRUS (for the Prevention of Young Suicide) has made the claim that government Cuts to mental health service provision aimed specifically at young people aged 15-24 are putting this group at risk.

The charity calls on the government to improve the provision of mental health services to young people as a matter of urgency.  Every year in the UK between 600 and 800 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 take their own lives - a number equivalent to the population of a small secondary school.

Story by Lucy Miller click HERE to read full article to talk to someone at PAPYRUS phone 08000684141, text 07786209697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YMCA England : welfare guides for young people

MHNE is witnessing an increase in the number of calls from young people suffering mental distress and attempting to claim benefits. We, therefore, applaud the work of YMCA England in welfare guides for young people to help them navigate their way through the welfare system. These handy guides give much needed practical advice and tips on different area of the welfare system.

The Claimant Commitment A guide for young people to help understand exactly what the claimant commitment is, what it may include and what actions they can take to meet it. 'Your Claimant Commitment guide'

Sanctions A guide for young people to help understand exactly what sanctions are, how they can avoid being sanctioned and what actions they can take if they are sanctioned. 'Your guide to Sanctions'

Universal Credit A guide for young people to help understand how the introduction of Universal Credit may impact on them 'Your guide to Universal Credit'

The Light and the Dark

This blog by a young girl named Megan about her experience of living with OCD is honest, informative, intelligently written and incredible moving and I would recommend it to anyone living with mental health problems as an example how you can overcome the barriers and achieve your full potential. A truly inspirational piece, Click HERE to read the blog and to access other pieces by Megan

Reach Out North East newsletter

Issue 1 of the Reach Out North East is out now!Reach-Out-North-East-image

Inside you will find the real stories of young people, interviews, tips on having good mental health and signposting to support services.

Download it here.

The newsletter is completely free of charge - to include an article in the next edition or to find out more contact James at MHNE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0191 4928235.