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Around 1 in 8 children and young people in the UK have a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder.
Sadly, only 1 in 4 of these young people will receive the treatment they need, telling a story we don’t want to hear.
Untreated, mental health problems in children can alter the course of their entire lives. Symptoms often persist into adult life with long-term effects including reduced education and employment opportunities, relationship problems and poorer overall health.
The recent challenges of the COVID pandemic and the impact of isolation from friends and disrupted education mean that children and families are experiencing extreme distress, exacerbating an already bleak picture.
Working together, King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) lead the world in approaches to mental health. Our ambition is to dramatically reduce the impact of youth mental health problems so that every young person enters adult life with good mental health.
It is this vision that has led to our plans for the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People. The ground-breaking new Centre will bring together the largest group of mental health scientists in Europe, find new ways to predict, prevent, and treat mental health disorders and transform our understanding and treatment of conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, autism and eating disorders.
Our world-leading research will take a whole lifespan approach to mental health, addressing key stages in a child’s development, from conception to early adulthood, where research, prevention and intervention will make the most difference. We will:
By supporting the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People, you could help our world-renowned experts better understand, prevent and treat mental illness and help more young people get the support they need sooner.
By donating today, you’ll be helping to improve and safeguard the mental health for an entire generation, and for generations to come.
We truly appreciate the tremendous generosity shown by our alumni and donors and would like to recognise donations over £250 by including your name on a donor display in the Pears Maudsley Centre.*
The name provided by you on the donation form will be used on the donor display at the Centre, however if you would like an alternative name to be used instead, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to speak to someone about making a major gift of £5,000 or more, and the opportunities for recognition in the Centre, please contact Seren Bradshaw: email@example.com. Thank you for your generosity.
*We will gladly include all donors on the display who make a gift of £250 or more no later than 31st December 2022