• Known for his documentary Stranger on the Bridge, Johnny Benjamin MBE has now co-founded a youth mental health charity

  • Beyond charity is running a youth mental health festival in February 2022 

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One in 6 children aged between 5-16 now have a diagnosable mental health problem (NHS Digital), yet 75% of young people are currently not receiving any treatment when suicide remains the biggest killer of young people in the UK (Mental Health UK).

Co-Founded by Jonny Benjamin MBE in 2018, Beyond is a grant-giving charity that aims to provide mental health support to young people, their families and teachers in the UK. Beyond’s Youth Board who are the heart and soul of the charity and drive its initiatives, comprise of inspirational youth mental health activists determined to move beyond words to create real change.

On February 9th 2022, during children’s mental health week, the youth board will be co-producing the UK’s only children’s mental health festival for schools and colleges. Comprising of classes and lesson plans on resilience, mindfulness and mental health wellbeing, hosted by approved specialists, the Youth Board hope to surpass last year’s festival which ran with celebrity support in 1200 schools and reached over half a million children, teachers and parents.

We have therapists and counsellors who specialise in working with adolescents – you can find them here

Further reading

The benefits of therapy for young people: telling your story

The current state of children's mental health

9 tips for parenting teens post-pandemic

5 mindfulness tips to boost resilience in teens

Teenage mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic