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18th March 2009

YoungMinds, the children and young people’s mental health charity is delighted to have been awarded a BBC Radio 4 Appeal on Sunday 29th March at 7.55am & 9.26pm & Thursday 2nd April at 3.27pm.

YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people by ensuring these issues are placed firmly on the public and political agenda. We achieve this though the provision of research, lobbying, influencing policy and campaigning.

Driven by the experiences of children, young people, parents and carers we also raise awareness and provide expert knowledge through training, outreach work, and publications.

Our VIK (Very Important kids) panel provides a much needed voice for children and young people with mental health problems. The panel members campaign regionally and feed into national policy making as well as talking directly to the media about their experiences and ideas on how to improve support for young people.

The Young Minds telephone helpline for parents and carers provides free and confidential support for anyone worried about the emotional problems or behaviour of a child or young person. The helpline is open from 10-4pm Mon/Fri and 6 till 8pm on Weds. Call 0800 018 2138.

Professor Tanya Byron’s appeal will be highlighting the vital importance of providing services to young people with mental health problems and their families, and the Young Minds Parents Helpline.

Tanya says; ”Society has changed for young people, many are likely to grow up in broken families, have drug and alcohol problems and become victims of crime. Anxiety leads some of us to withdraw, others become aggressive. Badly behaved children and young people are usually vulnerable and afraid - yet we demonise  and fear them and many thousands are left isolated and unhappy.

Three children in every classroom have diagnosed mental health issues and that’s just the ones that have been identified. Disruptive, withdrawn and disturbed children need to be supported, not just ignored and told off”.

BBC Radio 4: 92-95 FM, 198 Long Wave or listen online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/appeal




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