Everyone deserves a chance

Your help is needed

The number of young people struggling with mental health difficulties has more than doubled in recent years, which means providing targeted programmes to support them is a priority for Brathay.

Brathay are working to help reduce these numbers, but we need your help.

Right now, a young person is thinking about killing them self. Shocked? You should be. Poor mental health is something that affects one in four of the population and it is increasing, especially among young people.

Nationally, the number of young people experiencing mental health problems is growing

  • One quarter of young people in the UK experience suicidal thoughts
  • Rates of depression and anxiety in teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years
  • About 25% of young people self-harm on one occasion 

How we help

Eisha was having trouble at home and was suffering from bullying at school, this lead to isolation and self-harm. Here’s what she said about the impact of working with Brathay:

I would lock myself away from the world... I felt isolated, I felt like I didn’t have anyone to speak to, but that was before I had help from Brathay. With their support it has helped me speak up and voice my feelings and emotions in a positive way and be less defensive.


What your support can do

Every £1 makes a difference, helping ensure that more young people like Eisha get the support they need.

  • £25 pays for an hours group work
  • £100 trains a mentor to support a young person who has no one else
  • £250 provides a life changing residential in the Lake District.

Young Minds Matters aims to raise £45,000 to help more young people like Eisha.

We can’t do it without you. Please help us by:

Social Butterfly Project

Reflecting on the Emotional Impact of Covid 19

All of us, in some way, have been affected by this pandemic; the Social Butterfly Project is a whole School and Community Project designed by the Art Department at the Lunesdale Learning Trust in response to a project brief set by The Big Vision, the ecumenical church community in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Colleagues at Queen Elizabeth school hope this collaborative artwork will ‘allow us time to stop and reflect on our own experience and send messages of healing and love through the powerful medium of art’. It is hoped that alongside the Art Installations in the Churches, there will be work made that can be sold and all monies raised will go to Brathay’s Young Minds Matter campaign to support local wellbeing initiatives for young people in need of support. 

Find out more about the project, and how you can support it, here