These figures have been announced to launch a new charity and counselling website MindFull, an offshoot of young people’s charity BeatBullying backed by a number of prominent names including Labour leader Ed Milliband, child protection expert Professor Eileen Munroe and clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron.
The new charity will work with schools to talk to children about mental health issues and how to get help. The new website will offer free, confidential counselling for 11-17 year-olds in addition to information about mental health problems and how to deal with them.
The recent and shocking figures have been published in a report to mark the launch of MindFull. It claims that unchecked issues such as self-esteem and body image can spiral into serious mental health problems in young people that are being catastrophically overlooked.
It warns that if action is not taken now, we risk failing a generation of young people.
Around 850,000 young people have a diagnosable mental health problem in the UK but only 75% of those receive treatment. Even those who are given treatment are only given it for a short amount of time due to service cuts and financial issues in the NHS at the moment.
Founder and chief executive of MindFull said: “It’s unacceptable that so many [young people] are having to resort to harming themselves on purpose in order to cope, or worse still are ending their own lives.”
Lucie Russel of fellow charity YoungMinds agrees. She says their charity has been calling for the prioritisation of mental wellbeing in young people for years. Others say mental health has yet to be taken as seriously as physical health by medical institutions – something that needs to change immediately.
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