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Giving young people a fighting chance against mental health issues

The UK is in the middle of a mental health epidemic amongst young people. As many as one in five children have a mental health problem in any given year, with only a quarter of these able to access the treatment and help they need.

With the health service stretched to capacity, and reduced provision across social services, what is the future for the young people who are falling through the gaps? Innovative, sustainable solutions are needed and Boxing Gym and social enterprise, Empire Fighting Chance, has developed their own model to combat this in Bristol.

The boxing gym started working with young people after the founders, Martin Bisp and Jamie Sanigar, spotted two young men dealing drugs in a park next to the gym. They wanted to tackle their behaviour and invited them for a private...

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