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Isle of Wight Trust’s call for Kind2Mind support

The Isle of Wight Youth Trust, the largest independent charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people on the Isle of Wight, are this week taking part in the BigGive’s Kind2Mind Fundraising Appeal.

Match funded donations
This fundraising campaign will see every donation received, up to a total of £5,000 matched, doubling the impact of each £1 given.

With this ambitious campaign, the Youth Trust aims to raise vital funds to enhance their much-needed services, ensuring that no young person on the island feels alone or unsupported in their mental health journey.

An urgent concern
Mental health and wellbeing have become an urgent concern for children and young people across the country, and the Isle of Wight is no exception.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 children under 16, and 1 in 4  young people aged 17-25, have mental health support needs. 

Highest national number of youth mental health-related hospital admissions
The Island has the highest number of mental health-related hospital admissions for those aged under 18 nationally, more than three times the national average, and higher than the national average hospital admissions for self-harm.

In line with these shocking statistics the Youth Trust is seeing unprecedented demand for its services.

Rising referrals
To date in 2023 the Youth Trust has received referrals from more than 600 individual children and young people on the Island. This represents more than 70 per cent of the total individual referrals the Trust received across the whole of 2022.

The pandemic’s disruptive impact has left a lasting mark on the emotional well-being of many young Islanders, highlighting the pressing need for the mental health and wellbeing services.

Providing vital support, counselling, and guidance
In response, the Isle of Wight Youth Trust has been at the forefront of

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