A national scheme to end mental health discrimination is looking for volunteers in
the Western Isles.
See Me seeks to help young people to speak about mental health, so they can get the
information, help and support they need.
The body points out youth don’t speak about their mental health when they are struggling
to cope, often worried that they won’t be taken seriously.
Volunteers - between 16 and 25 years old - will support See Me to deliver training
for young people aged 11-18, to tackle mental health stigma and improve the mental
health of children and young people in Scotland.
See Me’s research showed only 37% of young people would tell someone if they were
finding it difficult to cope with their mental health, compared to 78% who would
tell someone if they were physically ill.
When asked how they cope with negative thoughts and feelings only 21% said they would
speak to someone who supports them, 46% would rather stay by themselves and 50% would
cope by crying.
Laura Sharpe, See Me’s education and young people’s manager, said: “The only way
to end mental health stigma and discrimination for children and young people is to
work alongside them, actively involving, engaging and empowering them to lead the
change they hope to see in the world.
“To do that we need volunteers from the Western Isles who can help us to identify
the difficulties people their age face and work on ways to improve them.
“Mental health impacts on every aspect of young people’s lives and we need them to
know that it is okay not to be okay.”