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Monday, 24 June 2024 – 08:42

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Accessing Support

Last year, we provided a list of mental health support charities to raise awareness during Mental Health Awareness week. This year, we once again want to draw attention to the services available, particularly for young people, who are struggling with their mental health.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness week is focusing on acts of kindness, this is more important than ever, particularly during the ongoing lockdown showing how much we all rely on each other. The following services show the power of kindness and aim to help young people find the support that they need.

On My Mind

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has produced a one-stop-shop, On My Mind, which enables young people to find the exact support that they need. Outlining some of the services available, it is effective in signposting those with mental health issues towards the correct support that they need. Most importantly, it provides young sufferers with what to expect when the access treatment, allowing those with anxiety-related issues to prepare themselves for treatment.

The Princes Trust

Specialising with young people who suffer from mental health conditions, or from difficult upbringings, the Prince’s Trust is geared towards providing the support needed to help every young person succeed. The Princes Trust gives practical and financial support which aim to direct young people towards training, employment and education.


YouthNet brings over 200 members from across the country together to provide support and advice to young people (aged 16-24). As the largest provider of young people’s advice and counselling across the UK, they are well placed to help young people get the support that they need in battling issues.


YoungMinds is a mental health service aimed at providing support for young people and their parents with the support they need to tackle mental unwellness. With helplines for both young people and parents, it enables significant support to be accessible, whilst it also provides opportunities for other young people to campaign on behalf of mental health awareness and support; providing training in dealing with young peoples mental illness and running projects to further treatment access.


Mental Health charity Mind has information on a wide range of mental health problems and how people of all ages can cope with them and access support. Mind also offers two confidential mental health information services – the Mind Infoline and the Legal Line.

NHS, find mental health support services

This article could not possibly cover all of the services out there, but the NHS website allows people to access the services near them. We have focused on national organisations; however, the NHS website allows you to put in your postcode and find local support services.

If we are to achieve our mission of inspiring the next generation of politically active people, we must ensure that mental health support is accessible and that all young people know exactly where to access the support they need.

Each Mental Health Awareness week has seen celebrities, politicians and our very own team opening up about their experiences with mental health. Whether you are a sufferer, or not, it is important to read, watch and listen to as much as possible; the more people that understand mental illness, the more effective our society can support the afflicted. 

Few subjects are more important than to educate people about than mental health. This list is not exhaustive and we encourage anyone who is suffering from mental health conditions to talk to someone and seek support.

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