1. Research and Policy
For many years AIM has supported the work of Impetus, who works with their charity partners to develop effective approaches to get disadvantaged and under-achieving poorer young people the support that they need to succeed. AIM has contributed to this organisation for many years and now focusses its financial support towards research to try to influence government policy and decision-makers to address this difficult transition some young people have from leaving school and going into employment.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity championing the well-being and mental health of children and young people. The AIM Foundation continued its commitment of £24,000pa to support the policy influencing work. They have contributed to the guidance around the Mental Health Act review, campaigned to Act Early in addressing the factors that make young people’s mental health worse, advised on the transformation of CAMHS, and influenced the regulations to help children and young people navigate the online world in a way that positively affects their mental health and wellbeing.
MAC-UK was awarded £73,824 over 3 years to co-design and co-deliver a public health and prevention strategy with young people with lived experience of the wider determinants of poor mental health. The proposed project will provide support for 12 young people, in order to facilitate them to influence the organisations that make decisions about young people’s lives to help channel resources towards co-produced initiatives.
CYPMHC received an annual contribution of £5000 towards their collaboration work of policy campaigns for Young People’s mental health.
A new three-year programme of funding prevention interventions that address young people’s mental wellbeing and escalation of difficulties was established. Five proposals from medium-sized effective organisations were funded in May.
42nd Street was awarded a 6 months development grant of £10,000 to conduct an analysis of the national market and pilot some specific training for frontline professionals, who in turn will be better able to improve the mental health and life chances of the young people they work with. Since then a 3-year award has been made towards scaling nationally their course to develop the skills of artists working in creative ways to help vulnerable young people, and de-escalation approaches for professionals working with young people presenting in crisis
CALM was awarded £75,000 towards the year 1 costs of their 3 year RIO project, which will use technology to improve the response to webchat and helpline callers. While users wait for a helpline worker to be available, RIO will engage with chat users and assess their needs, determining the urgency and nature of their query to enable the right help to be given at the right time.
Papyrus was awarded £69,840 over 3 years to deliver 30 training courses in suicide awareness and prevention per year in the West Midlands. These include shorter Suicide Awareness session for anyone who needs to deepen their understanding, an accredited half-day course for people who have pastoral care or responsibility for young people to enable them to identify and talk about suicide, and a two day, skills-building workshop that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions.
Student Minds were awarded £24,990 over 12 months to pilot peer support groups across 10 universities. Student Minds will develop and implement this new national peer support programme for first-year students, focusing on well-being, self-care and resilience building, and supporting them with the transition from school/college to university.
Youthscape was awarded £75,000 towards the costs of delivering the Alumina programme over three years. The Alumina programme is a live online service for young people aged 14-19 seeking help about self-harming. It helps young people reduce or stop harming by giving them tried and tested strategies for coping with their emotions in other ways. It helps them see what triggers their harming and learn how to avoid or deal with them.
3. Direct delivery of Support
The Children’s Society received the final grant of £40,000 towards the Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team in East Anglia. This project improves the physical and emotional wellbeing of children and young people whose parents are misusing substances and are victims of abuse and neglect, resulting in underachievement at school.