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Building understanding : inspiring innovations : improving lives We work to improve the lives of young people by facilitating innovative approaches to resolve mental health conditions…

We are working towards a better future for young people, where mental health problems are significantly reduced in prevalence and severity.

Our mission is to:

  • Reduce the number of young people who experience mental health problems, particularly anxiety and depression,
  • Help young people enter adulthood with greater resilience to mental health conditions, and thereby
  • Reduce the number of young people who take their own lives.

We strive to help build a future where:

  • The pathways and mechanisms of key mental health disorders, especially depression and anxiety, are understood and widely applied to innovations in practice and policy.
  • Knowledge and skills for protecting and nurturing mental health are available to young people and their families, and to practitioners.
  • Healthcare policy and practice address the ‘whole self’ at the earliest appropriate points in the development cycle of mental health conditions.


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Young People's Mental Health (YPMH) - 'Changing Minds' report released.

Sep 22, 2020

ideaSpace West member, Cambridge-based charity YPMH has released ‘Changing Minds – a new approach to understanding and treating depression in young people'. Its ambition is to join up different areas of research and practice in order to change the way depression in young people is understood and treated.

Focus on a Founder with Mark Kotter - Celebrating 10 years of Community

Aug 26, 2020

This is the last in the series of ‘Focus on a Founder’. This week we spoke to Mark Kotter of Bit Bio who joined ideaSpace in 2017.

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