Putting Young People’s Mental Health Centre Stage

Supported by


The Grey Dog Trust

Our Mission

To prevent children and young people from becoming socially excluded due to mental ill health or emotional distress and to relieve the needs of those children and young people with mental ill health or emotional distress and assist them to integrate into society.

Our Goals

Remove the stigma attached to mental health  

Make conversation about mental ill health normal, supportive and therapeutic.  

Promote social inclusion rather than feelings of isolation for young people with mental ill health or emotional distress.

Our Work

The Grey Dog Festival  incorporates music. workshops and mental health charities/providers information stands

Provide workshops for schools and youth groups to promote positive conversation about mental health 

 Provide Youth Menttal Health First Aider Training free of charge to schools and youth groups.

Who Are We


We are a charity dedicated to changing the conversation about mental health for children and young people.

We believe that by making the conversation about mental ill health as normal as talking about physical ill health you can remove the stigma that causes people to feel isolated.

There is a crisis in children's and young people's mental health. The number of young people and children seeking help is increasing. However, the help for those that have the courage to reach out that help is increasingly hard to find.

The Grey Dog Trust aims to be at the forefront of driving forward practical change.

Using music as a method of opening up the conversation our annual music festival demonstrates that it is okay to talk about mental ill health. Our workshops for schools and youth groups encourage children and young people to talk about anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

With the support of MHFA(England) we offer Mental Health First Aider Training to schools and youth groups free of charge.

You can support our work by sponsoring one of our volunteer's doing a 418 foot extreme abseil.

On the 18th of May we have 8 brave volunteers doing an extreme abseil.  They will be descending 418ft down the outside of the Express Lifts Tower in Northampton to help raise money to help fund free Mental Health First Aid training for schools.

If you want to support them you can by clicking the donate button below.


Contact Us

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We are looking for people who want to play an active role in changing the conversation about mental health.  We would also love to hear about how music helps  you with your own mental health.

The Grey Dog Trust