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Mind: #FundTheHubs campaign

1 in 5 young people have a mental health problem. And often, they can’t get support when they first need it.

We’re supporting Mind, a leading mental health charity in the UK, who are campaigning for increased funding to establish vital early support hubs dedicated to supporting the well-being of our youth by providing somewhere for them to go before they find themselves in a mental health crisis.

Why are early support hubs needed?

  • Young people have struggled to get mental health support for years. And the pandemic has only made this worse.
  • More and more young people are now experiencing mental health problems. Today, 1 in 5 young people have a mental health problem. That’s up from 1 in 9 in 2017.
  • And too often, young people can’t get support when they first need it. Services currently available through schools and the NHS simply can’t cope with the need.
  • Hubs can help change this. They’ll give young people a place to get help before they’re in crisis. A place to improve their life chances.
  • Hubs will also help reduce pressure on the NHS, on schools and other local services.

How do early support hubs work?

Early support hubs offer easily accessible mental health support for individuals aged 11-25. These hubs operate on a drop-in basis, allowing young people to seek assistance in their local area without the need for appointments or referrals. While their primary focus is on mental health support, these hubs also serve as a comprehensive resource by addressing other challenges young people may face, such as employment, housing, and sexual health. The goal is to provide an integrated approach to support under one roof. In some regions of England, similar hubs already operate, and additional funding would enhance existing services and establish new hubs in areas currently without them.

For more details on Mind’s #FundTheHubs campaign, and to understand why increased funding is crucial, check out the full article on the Mind website. Join us in advocating for a healthier future for our children and young people by supporting this initiative. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on youth mental health.

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