The Bupa UK Foundation and Mind will help young people and their families to access the information and resources they need to live mentally healthy lives – aiming to help 2.5 million people by 2022.
With a worrying one in seven young people having a diagnosable mental health problem1 the Bupa UK Foundation is supporting Mind to develop a brand-new set of online information resources designed with, and for, children and young people aged 11-25. These are designed to be easy to understand and provide guidance on how to improve their mental health and access the support they need.
Fully funded by the Bupa UK Foundation with a grant over three years, the Mind Children and Young People Resources are in a language that speaks clearly to young people and addresses their key concerns. For example, young people often search according to feelings or incidents such as breaking up with a partner or exam stress2.
Alex Cole, Chair, Bupa UK Foundation, commented: “Mental health is just as important as physical health in helping people to feel better and stay well. Mind’s resources are written specifically for younger people in the language they use. The Bupa Foundation supports initiatives that provide meaningful and practical support for people – exactly like this. We want to help young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it.”
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “We know that young people experiencing mental health problems for the first time may struggle to know where to go for support. That’s why we are so thankful to Bupa for funding this information to equip young people with the tools they need to better look after their mental health.”
The Mind Children and Young People Resources are available online and will support young people to better their mental health through expert information and guidance. Resources on topics such as understanding feelings, opening up and talking to your doctor are already available to everybody at www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-young-people, with more being developed over the next three-years.
People working at Bupa will also provide their support, by taking on a variety of fundraising challenges for Mind and offering their skills to provide pro-bono support to the charity.
This announcement also comes shortly after Bupa announced its Family Mental Healthline3 for parents and carers, where trained advisors and nurses provide support and advice on how to talk openly about mental health and what to do next.