Growing up can be a positive time for many. However, there are hundreds of thousands of young people across England and Wales for whom the experience is very different.

Mental health difficulties among children and young people are common, and can be both persistent and damaging. Also damaging is the stigma associated with mental health difficulties that manifests itself in a series of ways and impacts even further on the wellbeing young people in need of support.

The #IAMWHOLE campaign is a partnership between YMCA and NHS, born at YMCA’s Right Here project in Brighton. It is fronted by music star Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks) and aims to tackle the problem of stigma in a series of ways.

YMCA and NHS is aiming to raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental health difficulties through the I AM WHOLE research. We have found that more than one in three young people with mental health difficulties (38%) feel stigmatised and, of those who experience stigma, 54% say it comes from their own friends.

Read our research and check out our press release.

YMCA believes that young people should be at the forefront of the mental health story sharing their own experiences of stigma.

Read what they have told us.

YMCA runs a range of early intervention mental health services.

Find out more about what we do in our latest blog.

Join James Corden, Ed Sheeran and Dermot O’Leary in the #IAMWHOLE social media movement.

Take a ‘circle on hand’ selfie and post it to Twitter using the hashtag #IAMWHOLE

YMCA staff from our National Council have been doing their own #IAMWHOLE selfies.

Check out our favourite pictures in this online gallery.

Find Get Give is a mental health services directory for young people created by YMCA’s Right Here project in partnership with other local groups in Jordan’s childhood home of Brighton & Hove. This site allows users to search for support, share stories about their own mental health and give feedback on services they have used for others to read. ‘Find Get Give’ also includes resources for parents and carers. Service providers can add their services using the online form.

Be a part of #IAMWHOLE and help YMCA and NHS tackle the stigma experienced by young people with mental health difficulties today.