Mental Health Foundation Young Leaders

Mental Health Foundation Young Leaders

Mental Health Foundation (MHF) Young Leaders enables young people to work in partnership with a leading mental health charity to make a real difference to young people’s mental health.

The MHF Young Leaders project aims to enable young people to:

• Influence and develop relevant content for young people in the areas of communications, research and programmes.

• Carry out peer research to engage other young people across the country and gather their views about topics relating to mental health.

• Gain experience working with MHF staff and other opportunities to help with their own personal development.

The project is a partnership between the Mental Health Foundation and Leaders Unlocked. The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. To find out more please visit:

How it Works

MHF Young Leaders involves the following stages of work:

Co-Design Workshops: Regular workshops bring the Young Leaders together to discuss key themes around mental health and co-produce practical projects with the Mental Health Foundation team.

Working with Experts: The group engages with research relating to mental health, and develop ideas for communications and programmes to reach other young people.

Peer Research: Gathering the views of other young people, helping to carry out interviews and presenting back insights and ideas to the Mental Health Foundation: The Young Leaders group will together to discuss and analyse the information gathered.

Future Development: The Young Leaders group is actively involved helping to evaluate the project’s progress and develop plans for its future.

Get involved

To find out more about this work, please get in touch at


Mental health problems affect at least 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.


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