Beyond are a grant-giving organisation committed to making a difference to the mental health of young people up and down the UK.
The founders Jonny and Neil first came to prominence following their award-winning Channel 4 documentary, The Stranger on the Bridge, which followed Jonny’s journey to find Neil, who years earlier had talked him down from a bridge when he was suicidal.
After the pair were reunited they began sharing their inspiring story across the UK and the rest of the world. The two of them have created conferences and even ran the London marathon together in aid of mental health and suicide prevention. Jonny has also written several books.
The idea for the charity started as a result of Jonny’s passion for young people’s mental health. Three-quarters of all mental health issues begin in adolescence and yet many young people do not get the help they require. Jonny’s own mental health issues started at the age of 10 and he firmly believes that if he would have received the appropriate intervention early on he wouldn’t have ended up on the edge of the bridge where he met Neil at the age of 20.
“It can take a decade for many young people to receive help after showing the first symptoms. Opportunities to help are often missed until they reach “crisis”, causing children to self-harm and become suicidal.” [CFMH, 2017]
Beyond aims to provide the help currently lacking in mental health provision by giving grants to organisations and charities that work with young people, their families and educators.
Speaking about the charity, Jonny says:
“The Children’s Commissioner says that 75% of young people with mental health issues are not currently receiving any treatment. Yet suicide remains the biggest killer of young people in this country. Something is going drastically wrong within our mental health system. I’ve seen constant cuts to mental health services that have created a crisis in care we urgently need to resolve. I’m hoping Beyond can help to fund and support timely mental health treatment so that no more young people have to reach the point of crisis, and even more tragically, suicide.”
Trustee and Youth Board
Beyond is currently shaping up its youth board to sit alongside the main trustee board to help select where our grants should go to, as well as decide on the overall direction of the charity. If you’re aged between 16-34 and interested in being on our youth board which will meet 3-4 times a year please get in touch with us via the contact form and let us know more about you and your passion for mental health.
Beyond is currently looking to develop a mentorship programme to help support our Youth Board, many of whom are creating their own resources to aid other young people with their mental health. If you are interested in being part of our mentorship programme, please get in touch with us via the contact form.