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AYPH - Association for Young People's Health

Regular networking is just one of the benefits we provide to organisations that are part of the CAN Mezzanine community.

These regular events provide an opportunity for over 150 social organisations and 1,100 individuals based across our CAN Mezzanine sites to meet other like-minded people, understand the work they do and identify potential to work together.

In our most recent networking event held at CAN Mezzanine, Loman Street on 31st October 2018, we welcomed Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) as our guest speaker and gained some fantastic insight in to the work they do.

Who are AYPH?

The Association for Young People’s Health is the independent voice for young people’s health and wellbeing in the UK.  They work across all areas of health focusing on young people age 10-24.

Key insights

  • The UK has 11.7 million young people aged 10-24 making up 19% of the population (Key Data on Young People 2017).

  • What young people feel about their health is central to the work of AYPH. They understand best what is happening for them and they have many creative solutions that can improve how we support young people’s health and wellbeing.

  • Adolescence is an amazing time of growth and development, in fact it is the second fastest period of growth after being a toddler. Lots of transition and change happens during this time. It is also a time when many risk behaviours and health conditions begin:
    • 99% of smokers will have started smoking by the age of 24.
    • 75% of mental health problems start by the age of 24 and 50% by age 14.
    • Age 15 is a peak age for eating disorders
    • Age 14 is a peak time where young people are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

  • There is an opportunity for early intervention and prevention in the second decade of life. People often think that prevention and early intervention can only happen in the early years. Investing in these early years is important but the gains we make can be lost if we don’t continue with preventative work in the following decade.

AYPH works with a wide range of partners who share their interest in promoting and improving young people’s health, including young people, a wide range of other VCSE organisations, governmental bodies, practitioners and other experts in the field.

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