About the campaign

So you want to become a Rights Advocate…

…That’s one of the amazing young people who build local teams to fight for young people’s right to mental health as part of the Our Minds Our Future campaign.

The first step in your journey is a training workshop in your local area, where you’ll learn the basics, get to know the campaign and get to meet other young people passionate about fighting for a better future.

Ahead of the training workshop, we’ve put together these pages to help you learn a bit more about the campaign, what to expect from taking part, and introduce you to the key people leading the campaign.

If you haven’t already signed up for a training or let us know that you’re interested in becoming a Rights Advocate, you can do that here.

What is the Our Minds Our Future campaign?

The mental health system is failing young people. So we’re leading our own movement – demanding our rights to a healthy mind and a brighter future.

Right now, 16-25 year olds are facing the sharpest edge of the mental health crisis. Too often, we’re left on long waiting lists, told we’re not ‘sick enough’ for help, or abandoned when we’re too old for children’s services.

The system isn’t just failing to meet our needs – it’s failing to meet our rights. So we’re standing up for what we’re entitled to.

What right to mental health?

Our rights matter and they have a real impact on our lives. Human rights are not just about free speech and the right to vote – they also include rights to things like food, water, housing and healthcare. Mental health is an important human right, but too often young people are not able to access the services they are entitled to.

You’ll learn more about the human right to mental health at the training workshop – but if you want to get a head-start then there’s lots of information in the #MyRightsMyMind briefing.

What are we demanding?

It’s our minds and our future at stake, so we’re calling on decision-makers in the mental health system to take the #MyRightsMyMind pledge – promising to do all they can to make sure our rights are met when it comes to mental health.

Our priorities for a rights-based action plan are:

  1. Age-appropriate care as we make the move into adulthood – not just services for children or older adults
  2. Early identification and support – not long waiting lists or only getting help at crisis point
  3. Support we can access in our communities – places we feel comfortable, not just in schools and hospitals
  4. Clear options and decisions we understand – not just being told what we can and can’t access
  5. A seat at the table in decisions about our own care as well as what the system looks like

How are we doing it?

Our Minds Our Future is a campaign led by young people who know their rights and how to fight for them. Our team is made up of a young Steering Group that sets the campaign direction, teams of Rights Advocates who make it happen locally and a staff team to deliver on strategy laid out by young people.

Your voice is unique, as are your experiences and opinions. Through this campaign, you can share what you love about the system and more importantly what you dislike about it.

Jawwad, one of our former Steering Group members

All over the country, our Rights Advocates are calling on decision-makers to promise to put young people’s rights at the centre of plans for mental health services by taking the #MyRightsMyMind pledge, and building support for the campaign nationally by collecting signatures for the campaign petition.

It’s Our Minds Our Future. Let’s demand our rights!