MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER
“When facing mental health difficulties and coming to terms with trauma and adversity, young people can often find the situation devastating. Without help in regaining their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth, their mental health can deteriorate rapidly. The British Inspiration Trust, with minimal overheads and staff, will continue to influence and unite businesses, charities and people to change and save lives together”.
Phil Packer | Founder & Non-Paid CEO
OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE
We will offer BRIT as a conduit charity, build special partnerships and, with the support of Senior Advisors and Subject Matter Experts, unite Charities, Governing Bodies, Organisations, Businesses, Philanthropists and Inspirational Figures to deliver a platform, campaign and events to raise funds and awareness for students and young people.
BRIT will continue to act as a collaborative charity and work alongside our Mental Health Charity Partners who are delivering vital support, programmes and initiatives to students and young people.
We have to bring organisations together, through a collectively powerful approach, and intervene early at a critical transition point in young people’s lives to avoid long-term risks. If we do not, there will be far-reaching consequences for the next generation.
Recent statistics reveal the extent of the student mental health crisis in the UK. In 2015/16, over 15,000 first-year students in UK universities reported that they had a mental health problem, compared to approximately 3,000 in 2006. Statistics highlight a 210% increase in university dropouts among students with mental health problems from 2009/10 to 2014/15. Of even greater concern is that student suicides have increased by 79% from 2007 (75) to 2015 (134).
There is now a greater emphasis on the importance of support to young people with mental health issues. Government has stated that “Poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK. It’s also closely connected with other problems, including poor physical health and problems in other areas like relationships, education and work prospects. If we want to improve these aspects of people’s lives, we’ll need to make improvements to mental health and wellbeing”.