But there’s a silver lining: there are loads of initiatives, and motivated people prepared to do something to make things better. Often they’re right on our doorstep, as we found out when we visited local youth organisations in Barnet for this edition of the magazine.
These grass roots charities are tackling challenges in creative and unexpected ways. Who’d have thought a nail bar could help prevent crime? Yet that’s exactly what Art Against Knives has achieved, helping over 500 young women gain new skills in the process.
In some cases, these groups address less obvious issues. The charity Forward aims to end female genital mutilation. We find out why it’s still taboo and how attitudes are gradually changing.
We also talk to Labour councillor Jess Brayne about homelessness in Barnet, where over 3,000 children are living in temporary accommodation. Housing-related issues can have a major impact on a young person’s health, and one in ten young Brits live with a significant mental illness.
With few organisations specifically focused on young people’s mental health, we were excited to hear from ARTiculate Futures, which offers hands-on support through creative workshops.
Combined, the people and organisations featured in these pages have reassured and inspired us. We hope they have the same effect on you.
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