About P.E.A.C.H.Y.

(Promoting Early Access to Counselling and Help for Youth) P.E.A.C.H.Y. is a small local group with a particular interest in issues relating to the health and mental well-being of children and young people. Our vision is two-fold:

  • to raise awareness of the problem of low self-esteem, depression, and suicide among children and young people
  • to facilitate access to support and counselling in instances where the provision through existing or available routes is inadequate

What drives us

Suicide is the third most common cause of death in young people aged 15 – 24 and the sixth leading cause of death for 5 – 14 year olds. Around 19,000 young people attempt suicide every year and about 700 of those will die as a result. There are a multitude of reasons for why young people might opt for this very permanent and devastating solution to what is, in all likelihood, a temporary problem, but it is known that low self-esteem and depression are key factors in many of those who consider suicide as an answer.

P.E.A.C.H.Y.aims to raise the awareness amongst professionals, parents and young people themselves, as well as raising the consciousness of the increase in depression of young people and children.

It is estimated that about 10% of all young people in the UK are suffering from a mental health problem. However, up to two thirds of children with mental health problems do not get the help that they need. Early intervention can help to prevent mild depression developing into deep despair, but often the provision is only available to those with severe and urgent needs, even in these cases there may well be a waiting list.

During any time of waiting, the level of distress present at the outset may well become compounded, causing the young person to suffer increasing levels of desperation.

P.E.A.C.H.Y. aims to fund support and counselling for children and young people during the waiting period in order for them to access help sooner and in this way offer a safety net to catch them before they fall into deeper problems or despair.

The number of children and young people that can be helped will depend directly on how much money we are able to raise.