Making sure mental health treatment is there for children and young people, when they need it, as soon as they need it, so that they can get on with living their lives to their fullest potential.  

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Y:AMHS - working to #changethestory for  children and young people with mental ill health  

In February this year, the Education Select Committee held an evidence session on Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing, during which Lord Layard highlighted that there had been a 77% increase in referrals to children and young people's mental health services in the past year. However, he also stated that only 1/3 of children and young people with diagnosable mental health conditions get the treatment they need, with CAMHS thresholds being so high that 'unless you're stabbing your sister or're not assessed as bad enough.' He pointed to 'serious problems with accessing support' that he considered 'shocking' and 'unbelievable.'  
At Y:AMHS, we know the difficulty of accessing mental health treatment first hand, and have also heard from many families struggling to get the support their child needs and deserves. We aim to provide funding for private treatment for families in this situation who would otherwise be unable to afford to pay for expensive therapy.  
However, we can’t do this alone, we need the whole community behind us to make this possible. Please help in whatever ways you can, because with your help we can #changethestory for children and young people in our area.  
‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ 
Meet Our Trustees  
Rachael Colbran 
Founding Trustee 
I worked with children within the education sector for over a decade and, having studied Child Development at degree level, have seen how emotional issues can hamper their education and development. I have supported my own daughter through serious mental illness, which left us having to seek private therapy, and am now passionate to ensure that other children and young people have access to the treatment they need in a climate where the public services are currently unable to meet their needs. I am currently studying Counselling Skills and am a Mental Health First aider, who also works within local NHS Mental Health services as a Healthcare Assistant. I believe in our children and young people and am passionate about ensuring they get the support they need when they need it so they can have a future they can look forward to. 
Helena McGill  
I have worked in schools for the last ten years. Over that time I have seen an increase in the number of children with anxiety. The lock downs over the last year have affected children of all ages, the ramifications of which will be with us for a long time. 
I want to ensure that all children and young people have access to the support they need to ensure that their future is bright. 
Shamilla Sheridan  
I am a mum of two and am a qualified social worker working with children and families. I also have a background of working in early years for over 10 years. 
I am passionate about children and young people - I believe that everyone has a right to be kept safe and receive appropriate care, be that medically, emotionally and in any environment they are accessing. 
I have a keen interest on the impacts that trauma has on our children and young people and how we can effectively support them to access the right level of care. 
My daughter is still fighting a mental illness and as a family we have had to battle to get her support that she needs - that support has taken over a year to get in place and we have hit crisis three times. 
I know first hand how challenging, isolating and scary mental ill health can be and I believe that support and therapy are seriously underfunded and resourced. 
Our children deserve to be given a chance to be mentally and physically well and to live a full, balanced and happy life. 
Shereen Jenkins 
“We cannot stand by and watch the state fail to support younger people from the pressures and expectations that are heaped on them. By failing them, then we fail ourselves with a legacy of damage to mind and bodies to heal. We need to change the story, and do something soonest using what skills we can to support this fine cause pioneered by my fellow trustees.” 

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