Mental health and young people

As part of our priority campaign on mental health we are also focusing on young people, the impact mental health has and the often lack of support.

Community believes addressing mental health problems in children and young people would prevent further mental health issues continuing into adult life and help tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.

We raised this at TUC Young Worker’s Conference in March 2018 and called on the TUC to:

  • Work with and lobby the Government to increase the funding for mental health support in schools to ensure all schools and communities across the UK receive high quality early intervention support.
  • Support CAMHS and NHS mental health services to ensure the four-week standard is properly funded and monitored, and help recruit and retain the CAMHS workforce.

Our member who spoke at conference said:

‘Around 1 in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems.

And 70 per cent of those young people fail to get the support they desperately need. That means 7 in 10 young people are suffering alone and in silence.

We’re seeing the majority of young people entering the workforce without the help, support and stability they need to start a meaningful career for their futures.’