Shaping tomorrow: Prioritising babies’, children’s and young people’s mental health in the 2024 election

As we approach the general election, we are calling on all political parties to prioritise the mental health of babies, children and young people and our manifesto sets out the change we want to see. To understand more about the general public’s views on children and young people’s mental health ahead of the election, we commissioned More in Common to carry out a survey of voters aged 18 and over.  The results from our poll show that:

  • 59% of respondents felt political leaders have failed to do enough to address the mental health of babies, children and young people – rising to 69% among 18-24 year olds.
  • Only 23% believed that children’s issues will be prioritised in the upcoming election.
  • Improving mental health is the key issue that young people aged 18-24 want to see addressed at the election.
  • Two thirds of respondents want to see mental health support embedded in local communities – like schools and early support hubs – coupled with more investment in mental health services.

These findings indicate an urgent case for change. It is vital that whoever forms the new Government commits to action, to shape a better tomorrow for babies, children and young people.

You can show your support by sharing our findings using our social media pack and by writing to your local candidates using our template letter.