The Scottish Youth Commission on Mental Health Services will be researching the support there is for young people who experience mental health issues.
They will be working with the Scottish Government, Young Scot and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
Youth Commissioner Hannah (17) said:
“I see mental health as one piece of the puzzle that makes up all of a person’s wellbeing. Throughout my life I’ve faced challenges with my mental health and getting support which has made me eager to see what can be done to improve access to mental health services. Many people close to me also deal with mental health issues and so I know how important and wonderful it is to build a support network.
“This is an opportunity to make a difference in a system that so many people in my community rely on.”
2018 has been designated as the Year of Young People in Scotland. Mental Health is one of the 6 key themes of YOYP.:
- Enterprise and Regeneration
- Equality and Discrimination
- Health and Well Being
Maureen Watt, Mental Health Minister in the Scottish Government said:
“It is vital that we recognise that good mental wellbeing is as important as physical health and periods of ill mental health can be recovered from with treatment and support. The work of the young commissioners will guide how we improve the mental health services available to young people, and just as importantly, I want the discussion around their work to break down the unjustified stigma that persists around seeking treatment or experiencing poor mental health.
“This is the Year of Young People 2018 and this commission gives us an opportunity to deliver real change, based on evidence and experience, and create a society and health service that better meets the mental and physical health needs of our children and young people.”
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Reporter: Fiona Grahame