Like a precariously balanced domino that urgently needs stabilising, we are on the precipice of a major disaster.
Mental health support services for children and young people are struggling to meet the weight of demand due to a lack of funding and sustainable government strategy.
CAMHS is stretched. Schools are overwhelmed. Teachers, key workers and the medical community are underresourced. The system isn’t working.
Beyond are a grant-giving organisation committed to making a difference to the mental health of young people up and down the UK.
Beyond’s long term goal is to revolutionise the mental health system, but with only weeks to go before schools shut for the Summer, now is the moment to brake the current trajectory. We have to urgently raise £500,000 in order to provide educational settings, desperate for mental health support, with the funds to bring in the right services.
Inspiring youth mental health activists are the heart and soul of the charity and make up Beyond’s youth board. These 30+ campaigners co-produce everything that Beyond does, ensuring that youth voices are at the heart of the charity’s activities.
Beyond’s youth board are all united by personal lived experience of mental ill health.
From suicide, psychosis, schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder to depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, neurodiversity and a spectrum of other mental health challenges, they draw strength from each other and turn it into powerful campaign work. From championing mental health days in schools to reframing the way the UK addresses grief education, the youth board are the drivers of the charity.
World-renowned British photographer, Rankin, joined forces with Beyond to photograph some of our youth board to help raise awareness or our campaign and to raise critical funds.