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Young people in Islington need urgent mental health support. 

Islington Giving has launched a mental health appeal to raise funds for vital mental health support for children and young people in Islington. 

What’s the problem?

The odds were stacked against many children in Islington even before the cost of living crisis. Now, they’re facing greater financial hardship, struggling to achieve their full potential, and losing hope for their future. Without support, they are at risk of devastating mental health problems – in the worst cases, young people living near you right now are so anxious that they can’t leave their bedrooms.

“One in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021 – a huge increase since 2017. That’s five children in every classroom.”

What is Islington Giving doing?

We’re raising funds to support local projects and organisations across the borough to help make vital mental health support accessible to more children and young people who need it.

These projects have never been more needed, and you can help today. Every donation, however small, can help a child or young person in your community who is facing the toughest time in their life.

How will your donation help?

With your support, our local partners can be there for more children and young people in the borough, helping them to overcome mental health problems through counselling, psychotherapy and group sessions. You can help give children the tools to access more opportunities and start building a future for themselves.

Give children all the time and support they need to recover

The Brandon Centre, a local charity that provides children and young people with the highest quality mental health support, has set up a project to provide psychotherapy for young people struggling with anxiety, depression, and self-harm. Rather than limiting each child to a set number of sessions, they can access therapy for as long as it takes them to recover.

At 21, George* had spiralled into severe depression. After losing his grandmother who raised him, he became too anxious to maintain a job. His therapy sessions have now helped him land his dream job. 

*Name changed to protect identity.

Provide arts and nature as a path to recovery

“It is the only place I have looked forward to going to in my life. I have a definite skip in my step on the way there.” Stuart Low Trust participant

The Stuart Low Trust was set up in memory of a young Islington man who took his own life after failing to get the help he needed to cope with his mental health problems. You could help this charity bring their inspiring arts, nature, and wellbeing programmes to people in the community who are struggling with social isolation or emotional distress.

Nurture a community that heals childhood trauma 

“Body & Soul were a lifeline to me & my mental health through the pandemic.” Body & Soul client

Growing evidence is showing how childhood trauma can impact a person’s health throughout their lifespan. Body & Soul is a therapeutic community striving to address traumas early. Their ‘whole person’ approach looks at the nuances of every child they support – discovering what happened to them in the past and what is going on for them now, before helping them chase their unique dreams and ambitions.

How can I support the appeal?

Send a cheque made payable to Islington Giving to 13 Elliotts Place, Islington London N1 8HX.

Contact the Islington Giving team on mail@islingtongiving.org.uk or call us on 020 7288 6941 if you would like to make a donation by cheque, BACS or CAF.

100% of your donation will support local mental health projects for children and young people. 

Islington Giving is a restricted fund of the Cripplegate Foundation (Reg No. 207499) and the Cripplegate Foundation covers all the charity’s administration costs.