What Is BIRD? Who We Work With We work with 16-25 year olds. Research shows us that 75% of mental heath issues are established before the age of 25, and it is well reported that issues like anxiety, self-harm and depression are rising amongst our young people. BIRD is a preventative measure, to stop mental health issue becoming established in the first place. Of course wellbeing has no regard for any of the ways we may define ourselves, or get defined by society for that reason no 16-25 year old is ruled out from working with BIRD. However, by way of trying to make sure that we are working with those that will most benefit and with those who would not otherwise get access to this kind of opportunity, all BIRD's artists come via referral; either via partnering organisations or from the young artists that we already work with. We work hard to build and sustain relationships with our referring parters. They include in London: ELAM, RSBC, XLP, CYP, Only Connect, Urban Hope; And in Suffolk: Ormiston Sudbury Academy We are currently working with young people from the London boroughs of Islington, Camden, Tower Hamlets, Harrow, Croydon and Lewisham and in Sudbury in Suffolk. BIRD is always on the look out for new referring partners, around the UK. If you work for a youth organisation or educational establishment and are engaged with a young person that you think would enjoy and benefit from our one-to-one creative sessions please do get in touch! Young adults have to contend with so much stimuli, particularly now in the digital age, the accumulation of which can have an eroding effect on their wellbeing and sense of self and safety and also desensitise and 'dehumanise' them to varying degrees: the proliferation of porn online (including revenge porn), sexting, cyber-bullying, realistic and brutal video games, and a culture generally that is obsessed with, self, wealth, materialism, celebrity, gossip and 'opinion'; and in popular culture where so many young adults are engaged there is a cacophony of greed, selfishness, narcissism, gossip, violence and misogyny. 'There is a growing recognition that the years between the ages of 16 and 24 are a distinct time of young people’s lives, when they are expected to make a number of transitions including from education to work, and from living as a dependant in a home environment to independent living in an environment created by themselves. For those with multiple needs, these transitions may be complicated by mental health problems, becoming a parent, substance misuse or involvement in the criminal justice system. They also make transitions across a range of services and may be ‘transferred’ from children’s health, social care and/or criminal justice services to adult equivalents. These transitions are complex and inconsistent. At this age, young people are no longer children, but have not yet reached adult maturity in terms of independence, experience and ability to live without support and guidance, and brain development and emotional functioning. Without specialist support, young people making these transitions between services often ‘fall between’ children’s and adult services, with neither being appropriate or accessible. The absence of such support increases vulnerability and heightens the risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, homelessness or unstable housing and mental health problems. Alongside this the personal costs to individuals of unfulfilled potential and the financial costs to society are also increased. ' - Revolving Door Agency- Transition To Adulthood, A Good Practice Guide How is BIRD funded?