Mental health is a subject that is hugely difficult to talk about because of the stigma that surrounds it, yet it blights millions of lives and is a problem that undermines the welfare of our society.
 
It can strike anyone. In fact 1 in 4 of us will be affected by mental illness.  It affects rich and poor, young and old and up to 700,000 adults endure mental illness each year. 
 
You may be forgiven for thinking that this is just an adult’s problem but it’s absolutely not - there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that mental health issues can start from as early as in the womb.  Furthermore, it places a huge strain on our public services costing the economy tens of billions of pounds a year.

Why the focus on children and young people?

Over a million school age children, even as young as five years old, experience mental health problems, and half of all lifetime emotional and mental health problems are rooted in childhood. 
 
Most parents want to do the best they can for their child but can find this difficult, especially when there is poverty, addiction or violence in the family.  Poor mental health will often be at the root of it all. 
 
This is why Zurich Community Trust's programme focuses on early intervention projects.  Addressing children and young people’s emotional and wellbeing issues early will lead to better outcomes for individuals and society.

You can download our leaflet here or by clicking on the image to the right.

Do you need help?

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you're worried about someone you know, help is available. You're not alone - talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

If you need to talk to someone about your mental health you can call Samaritans for free, 24 hours a day, on 116 123.