"Thousands of young people are seeking mental health support. But too many are being told to wait, struggling to cope and hitting crisis point before they get help.
We are in a youth mental health emergency. Record numbers of young people are struggling with their mental health. Record numbers are being referred to services with no space for them."
Source: Young Minds 2024
- One in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021, a huge increase from one in nine in 2017. That’s five children in every classroom.
- In a YoungMinds survey, three-quarters (76%) of parents said that their child's mental health had deteriorated while waiting for support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
- In a YoungMinds commissioned survey by Censuswide, two-thirds (67%) of young people said they would prefer to be able to access mental health support without going to see their GP but half (53%) said they didn't know how else to access this help. Source: YoungMinds 2023
Kids are really struggling with the pressures of life and are riding a huge wave of challenging emotions, especially after Covid. Friendship issues, anxiety and the pressures of tests and exams all mount up. That's without the added strain of social media, screen addiction and online bullying. It’s no wonder our children are more stressed and anxious than ever. They desperatly need help with regulating their BIG emotions, building resilience and coping with life's challenges. They need kindness and understanding. They need support.
Do you feel like you have something more to offer the world? Do you want to be part of the solution but aren't sure how to get started. Maybe you are just sick of watching kids struggle or are doing a job that just doesn’t fulfil you. There are many reasons why you may want to become a MTFK Coach.
We want to change the statistics and give children the tools they really need. It's easier to support and guide a child than to fix a broken adult. With some simple and fun strategies, a fresh perspective and someone to encourage and inspire them, things can be very different.
Meet The Brain Friends!
The Mind Tools For Kids concept is really brought to life by The Brilliant Brain Friends. Meet Brilliant Brain, Lenny Lizard, Milo Monkey and Orla Owl. They help children understand how their feelings and emotions are experienced physically, emotionally and in their mind.
They normalise the responses we have during the fight, flight and freeze responses helping children make sense of their reactions and have some flexibility over how they respond to life around them.
Older kids love the concept too as it is a super easy way to explain the way our brains work. And as they grow, we can build upon their knowledge and understanding, empowering them even more. Brilliant Brain teaches them all about their brain chemistry and how they physically experience emotions in their body.