Project information

Thrive! Don`t just survive.

No one understands me! Its hush hush and a massive stigma. I am a teenager strangled by anxiety and panic attacks. A prisoner of my mind. I worked on an amazing plan to help children and teens with mental health issues brave the stigma, social isolation and seek help. You can make it happen!

January 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: Here 2 Help

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  • Need


    The need for Here2Help services is acute and growing every day. The costs of not providing early mental health support are considerable: children suffer, costs to taxpayers rise and society loses the potential of another individual.
    At any one time, 1 in 10 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and it is well established that most adolescent and adult mental illness can be traced back to childhood. (C&YP mental health coalition)
    As a grassroots organisation- have


    We wish to nip the issue of mental illness in its bud, when people are still young and developing,and can redirect negative thought patterns and behaviors.

    We will hold a presentation at 6 schools-with a message to stop adopting friends as therapists which is fatal for both. At the same time we will confidentially refer teens to a professional therapist and supplement its cost when needed. We will also distribute a mental health magazine to create a mental healthy awareness by teens for teens

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create a mental Health Awareness. Help teens become more knowledgeable in this area.


    » Mental Health Newsletter by teens for teens to create healthy awareness
    » Mental health presentations in local secondary school and high schools to create awareness and signpost support.

    What success will look like

    We will carry out a focus investigation survey with a group of 22 C&YP . We will ask them to share their knowledge before and after our project to evaluate awareness.

    Aim 2

    Reduce Mental Health Stigma and social isolation for affected teens.


    » Support groups meeting on a weekly basis facilitated by a licensed mental health practitioner.
    » Mental health workshops for children with mental health issues and regular children.

    What success will look like

    We will consult teens for their views via, surveys, interviews and readers column in our Mental Health Awareness column

    Aim 3

    Support teens with mental health problems and help alleviate their suffering.


    » Provide therapy for children whose parents can not afford it.
    » Weekly support groups and a listening ear helpline.
    » Annual trip to seaside for children with mental health issues.

    What success will look like

    Therapist reports. Users feedback and responses to our surveys.

  • Impact


    Children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age, providing a cost saving to adult mental health services. It is vital for children to develop healthy thought patterns and behaviors at the pivotal stage of teenagehood-as its basis for future.
    Evidence indicates that promoting mental health also improves a range of school outcomes, including attitudes to learning, better attendance and lower exclusion rates.


    There is a great deal of STIGMA among mental health service users locally,and therefore a risk that children will be fearful of disclosing their problems and accessing appropriate support. We will respond to this risk be ensuring that our specialist mental health practitioners are understanding and competent with teenagers in dispelling the stigma/a barrier to people accessing the service, and being able to disclose mental health support needs.


    We will collate statistical information our work as well as gathering qualitative information from people using the service via feedback and testimonies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £43,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £800 Mental Health Magazine Design,printing, and distribution cost of mental health magazine by teens for teens
      £35,000 Contracted Therapy Sessions 80 children receiving 12 therapy sessions funded at cost £36.5(discounted)
      £1,200 School awareness presentation Slideshow, lectures. hands on activities, panal of therapists delivering mental health event -school
      £1,150 Rent Support groups venue at a community center
      £1,850 Retreat Retreat at sea,BBQ,workshops for 80 users
      £3,200 Project Manager Salary Annual salary for Project Manager-part time
  • Background


    North London, Primarily Hackney,where we are based is a diverse inner city area.
    There is a large number of immigrants and children from BAME backgrounds who are at greater risk of mental ill heath. There are also clear evidence linking low socio-ecnomic status,so common in our area to mental health.
    Child and adolescent mental health in City and Hackney reports that:Gangs Unit estimates that 40% have mental health issues- often complex trauma- but “hard to engage`


    Our beneficiaries are children and teenagers aged 11-16 living in North London and affected by mental illness or at risk of developing mental illness/unhealth.
    All our direct users are on means tested benefits; and struggle financially, which explains why they are unable to access private therapy. Due to stigma, 98% have not-and do not want approach the NHS for support.
    80% of our users are from BAME GROUPS
    34% have a learning disability
    60% have a diagnosed mental health problem

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As a grassroots charity giving users a voice we have great rapport with hard to reach people that are generally marginalized from society. We have a track record of excellence and transparent. Last week we won an award celebrating our voluntary success `giving people a voice`Champion at a community consultation. We are honest, driven and have children at center of all we do.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Chaim Cantor BACP

    An experienced child,adolescent and adult therapist who will lead sessions.

    Mrs G Whitestone

    Project Manager