Read the statistics and show your support for YoungMinds – every penny of commission will go to this incredible charity

Without doubt, we have the finest line-up of artists ever and a raft of very generous sponsors in Rathbones, Knight Frank, Dart’s Farm, The Exeter and Foot Anstey who are backing us to the hilt to ensure this is the biggest and best yet. So please do come along and help us raise a substantial amount for YoungMinds!

As a school, mental health and wellbeing is close to our hearts and we hope that through the Exeter Art Show we can raise awareness of the frightful statistics and the need for action:

  • 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder (i)
  • 1 in 5 young adults have a diagnosable mental health disorder (ii)
  • Half of all mental health problems manifest by the age of 14, with 75% by age 24 (iii)
  • Almost 1 in 4 children and young people show some evidence of mental ill health (including anxiety and depression) (iv)
  • Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5-19 years, and the second most common for girls of this age (v)
  • 1 in 12 young people self-harm at some point in their lives, though there is evidence that this could be a lot higher. Girls are more likely to self-harm than boys. (vi)

Never before has there been a better excuse to buy a beautiful piece of artwork! There’s going to be plenty available, covering a plethora of mediums and at a price to suit every pocket from £10 – £10,000. YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people, needs you!


  1. Green H et al (2005) Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain, 2004. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
  2. Green H et al (2005) Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain, 2004. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.iii. Kessler RC et al. (2005). ‘Lifetime Prevalence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication’.iv. ONS (2016) Selected Children’s Well-being Measures by Country: 3 CentreForum (2016) Commission on Child
  3. Wolfe et al (2014, Why children die: death in infants, children and young people in the UK).
  4. Brooks, F. et al. (2015) HBSC England National Report 2014.University of Hertfordshire; Hatfield, UK.