Sarah Brennan
Sarah Brennan joined YoungMinds as Chief Executive, the leading national charity promoting emotional well-being and mental health for children and young people in May 2008. Sarah is passionate about young people and has over 25 years experience championing their causes. With a career starting in youth and community work, teaching and youth counselling Sarah has always worked in the third sector and is also interested in what makes effective organisations gaining an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation at LSE in 1990. Sarah was Chief Executive of Motiv8 working with young offenders on the south coast for five years, and Director of Services at Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity where she worked for seven years. As a freelance management consultant she applied her experience and knowledge to interim chief executive positions, young people’s services evaluation and development. With extensive experience as a trustee as well as developing organisations and working with vulnerable young people, she is a qualified coach and also chairs the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.

Entries by Sarah Brennan

Youth Charities' Campaign to Challenge Misconception About Self-Harm

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (12:31)

It is estimated that one in twelve young people self-harm at some point in their lives. Latest figures from ChildLine released today show a 167% increase in counselling sessions related to self-harm. These shocking statistics show how much more we have to do as a society to help...

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We Need to Break the Taboo Surrounding Self Harm and Start Talking About It

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2012 | (00:00)

One in 12 children and young people deliberately self-harm with around 40,000 cases needing hospitalisation each year because their injuries are so severe. Those statistics alone suggest that we must do more to help children and young people who are turning to self-harm and our new research shows how imperative...

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What About Preparing Children and Young People for Life Not Just the Workplace?

(5) Comments | Posted 23 March 2012 | (23:00)

The schools minister's comments to the Education Select Committee that "Education is... about leaving school as educated as you can be" offers a narrow view of what schooling should be about. We as a society need to look at the life skills we are providing children both at...

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Charities Appeal to Young People Not to Suffer in Silence

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2012 | (09:14)

Today is Self Harm Awareness Day, a day where four national charities Childline,, YouthNet and YoungMinds have come together to highlight the devastating impact self-harm can have on children and young people's lives. The campaign is being backed by N-Dubz star and X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.

The statistics...

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Making Sure Looked After Young People Have Looked After Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted 15 February 2012 | (11:13)

This week YoungMinds launched a report 'Improving the mental health of Looked After Young People'. The report feels incredibly timely given the announcement last week from Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) showing that in January 2012 a record number of...

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Local Health Authorities Need to Invest to Prevent a Mental Health Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 8 February 2012 | (23:00)

Last week an ICM survey commissioned by painted a grim picture of the state of young people's mental health in the UK today. With record youth unemployment, university increasingly unaffordable and unprecedented pressure to follow the latest consumer trends is it any wonder that almost half of...

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