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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