Our Minds Our Future

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.  

Our demands:

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

Want to know more about the human right to mental health? Read the #MyRightsMyMind briefing! Want to join our campaign for young people’s right to be met? Register to train as a Rights Advocate!

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 local groups of ‘Rights Advocates’ across the country who fight for their rights locally, and the staff team at the national charity Youth Access who deliver on strategy laid out by young people.

All over the country, our Rights Advocates are calling on decision-makers to take the #MyRightsMyMind pledge; promising to put young people’s rights at the centre of plans for mental health services. You can add your voice to the growing call for change, by signing the petition.

It’s Our Minds Our Future
– let’s demand our rights.