Helping people thrive


Today, on World Mental Health Day, EECF is delighted to announce a £150,000 investment to support young people's mental health in the London borough of Hackney.
Over the last few years awareness around the prevalence of mental health issues has grown, and with this comes an increased demand for support services. Research shows that 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14, and 75% by the age of 24. With local organisations in Hackney reporting an increase in young people needing support we know the importance of investing in these vital services. Over the next three years we will be funding local organisations to help our young people better manage and address their mental health issues.
Deprivation is clearly linked to poorer health outcomes, and Hackney is ranked the 11th most deprived local authority in England. From our community research, Vital Signs, we know that mental health is a priority issue for local people with Hackney having higher rates of depression and anxiety and one of the lowest wellbeing rates in the country. It is estimated that almost 30,000 residents have depression, of which only half have been diagnosed and are seeking treatment.
“I think mental health is an issue that affects most young people I know under 30. Many of my friends are successful but are on antidepressants and feel financially very poor. They feel bleak about the future as they feel they have no stake in it” - Hackney resident.

It is estimated that over 26,000 children and young people in Hackney require mental health support, with 15,000 of those having issues that are manageable by non-specialist community practitioners. Research shows that 70% 5 to 16 year olds with a clinically diagnosable mental health problem are not receiving an appropriate intervention at a sufficiently early age. Our investment in youth counselling and support services aims will tackle this, increasing services to improve outcomes for our young people.