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While health and education resources are severely stretched, how can we make sure children and young adults get the best possible mental health support? Join us to explore the solutions.

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Our webinar series continues into September, bringing you up to date on current issues in the charity sector. We've invited a range of experts from different charities who are currently tackling significantly challenging issues that are often controversial and shared by the media.

What's really going on?

To find out more about the challenges young people have with their mental health, join us and get involved in the debate.


20 September 2018

The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is frequently in the news, evidenced with some shocking statistics. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. However for those who do take that brave step, help is proving to be far too difficult to find.

We’ve invited senior experts from leading mental health charities MQ Mental Health, Place2Be and The Mix to discuss how they are striving to make sure the wellbeing of young people is protected adequately.

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Some recent statistics 

Figures from Childline

  • The number of sessions for children who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings has risen from 8,835 during 2010-11 to 22,456 during 2016-17. They now make up almost 10 per cent of the charity's counselling.

NHS figures

  • Almost 400,000 children and young people a year in England are being treated for mental health problems, the highest number ever.
  • Almost 50,000 children and young people a month are being referred, mainly by their GP, for mental health treatment.


Register today if you:

  • are an active philanthropist
  • would like to get involved in philanthropy
  • have a particular interest in young people and mental health
  • know someone personally that is experiencing these issues directly or indirectly; or 
  • are an advisor looking to inspire and support a client with their philanthropy

Our expert charity speakers will explore: 

  • early prevention efforts,
  • the impact of digital technology and social media,
  • how positive mental health is being promoted and;
  • how sufficient research and data underpins how we should understand the issues.
Learn more from charities who know what works and what needs to happen to address the crisis. 


Joanna is passionate about helping people realise their philanthropic goals; giving as much as they can, whilst having the greatest impact on social good. As an experienced speaker and host of the webinar philanthropy series, her focus has been on providing our clients and other audiences with insights on charity sector issues to engage, educate and inspire.


Joanna Walker

Head of Private Clients
“My passion is in using my experience to help our private clients shape and deliver on their hopes for social change. Being a philanthropist is possibly the best thing a person can do with their money, and certainly the most rewarding.”

Expert guest speakers

Kristin Schmidt

Portfolio Manager, Children and young people’s mental health programme

Kristin Schmidt joined MQ: Transforming mental health as Portfolio Manager in 2016. Her primary responsibilities lie with the development and management of the Children and Young People’s programme. Previously, she conducted research into the effects of stress and neurochemical changes on biases of learning, memory and emotional information processing that have particular relevance for the development and remission of psychiatric symptoms. Kristin holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, a MSc from University College London, and a BSc from the University of Leeds, and also has experience in clinical and healthcare settings. 

Catherine Roche

Chief Executive Officer, Place2Be

Originally a secondary and adult education teacher, Catherine first became involved with Place2Be in 1996, giving pro bono advice and support while a strategic planning and organisational development specialist with KPMG Consulting. Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that works to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. The charity provides school-based support and accredited training programmes to hundreds of UK primary and secondary schools annually, and is also building the future mental health professional workforce as a leading provider of university-validated child counselling qualifications. Last year, over 40,000 children and young people accessed the charity’s support.


Chris Martin

Chief Executive, The Mix

Chis has been Chief Executive Officer at The Mix for almost three years. The Mix is a multi-issue advice and crisis support service for young people under 25 that works exclusively through digital channels and has a particular focus on supporting mental health. The Mix was one of the eight charity partners that delivered the ground breaking Heads Together campaign with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Chris is a fellow of the RSA and a trustee of both Brook Young People and his local youth club, Harrow Club W10. 




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Charity guest speakers:
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