NPC’s report, Heads up, explores how charities are helping young people recover from mental health problems.
Did you know?
- The average spend on mental health problems is 60% higher for adults than children, even though many adult problems could have been tackled in childhood.
- In England, conduct disorder in children and young people costs £1.5bn every year. NPC estimates that making more treatment available could save society between £244m and £376m.
The report highlights the opportunities for both charities and donors in view of the following sector priorities:
- strengthening the capacity of the sector to campaign, lobby and fundraise;
- focusing on prevention and tackling problems early;
- improving and sharing the evidence for what works; and
- developing the workforce, through training for teachers, youth workers, GPs and other frontline staff.
Many young people with mental health problems don’t feel that they can tell a parent, teacher or GP about their problem, so charity helplines can be life-saving for young people in distress.
Matthew van Poortvliet, report author