From Young Minds:
Imagine being a young person and wanting your life to end.
Imagine feeling this hopeless, this desperate, this lonely. Imagine the courage it takes to tell someone and to ask for help. Imagine the devastation when, having reached out, the support you need just isn't there.
Thousands of young people living in the UK don't need to imagine - this is their reality.
We live in a country where the number of young people presenting at A&E with urgent mental health needs has tripled in the last ten years, where a quarter of young women have a diagnosable mental health problem and where suicide is the single biggest killer of boys and young men.
And these figures do not yet factor in the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the tsunami of mental health struggles we anticipate as a result.
The crisis in young people's mental health is well publicised. But behind each and every one of these statistics is a real life - a young person who urgently needs help. Far, far too often, these young people are simply not getting that help. And for many, it is already too late.
Through our work, we are changing this.
We're not afraid to speak up for what's right.
We know what needs to change because young people tell us. If they raise their voices, so do we.
Things get tough, but we never forget to celebrate progress and never stop looking for practical ways to make things better.
Kindness is our strength.
Everything we do, we do with love, care and compassion.
We celebrate what makes you you.
Whoever you are, we welcome you and we always encourage you to be true to yourself.