Health project targets Midlothian youth

Scots singer Rachel Sermanni is pictured with (left to right) students Amber Reynolds, Gabrielle Quinn, Gary McGinley and Nicola Gallagher.
Scots singer Rachel Sermanni is pictured with (left to right) students Amber Reynolds, Gabrielle Quinn, Gary McGinley and Nicola Gallagher.

With one in 10 children and young people affected by mental health problems, a campaign to end stigma and discrimination against sufferers is encouraging Midlothian teenagers to think more about their behaviour.

Aimed at 13 to 15-year-olds across Midlothian, the recently-launched ‘What’s On Your Mind?’ campaign explores how support from peers can make a positive difference to people’s mental well-being through a specially-designed resource pack including a short film, posters and a suite of engaging activities.

The campaign has been developed after research revealed that almost half of young people (47 per cent) would not want people to know if they had a mental health problem, and only 17 per cent thought that young people experiencing mental ill-health would recover.

Suzie Vestri, campaign director, explained: “Our research found that there is a lot of confusion, misconception and myth about mental ill-health amongst young people and that discourages help-seeking and fuels stigma.

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